This autobiography describes one of the worst but least documented refugee tragedies of World War II. Tens of thousands of civilians perished on the dreaded Hukwang Valley trail, dubbed later by the American General Stilwell as 'the path to hell'. Colin's extraordinary journey takes him from his birthplace in Burma to Britain, and on to Bowral in NSW.
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The Beginning or Was It the End?
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Abadan Anglo-Burmese army arrived asked Assam Australia Ba Maw Bangalore became began boarding body bombing boys British British Raj brother Burmese Calcutta camp carriage church climb Colin Coonoor crossed Despite Digboi Donald Dr Beer Ethel father feel fellow felt fire girl going head Hukawng Valley Japanese joined journey Kalimpong knew learnt leave living looked malaria Mandalay Maymyo McPhedran miles mind Mogaung monsoon morning mother mountain move Myitkyina Naga never night Ootacamund passengers plane pulled rain Rangoon realised refugees remember return to Burma rice river road Robert seemed Shimbuyang ship sister Smees smell soldiers soon South India spent station stay stopped talked tell Thomas Cook thought told took town track trail train travelled trees trek trip village waited walked wharfies woman wondered wound young