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Royal British Legion educational film: Len Gibson

Len Gibson and many of his Sunderland friends were members of the Royal Artillery’s 125th Anti-Tank Regiment, and in 1942 they were sent to help defend the island of Singapore against Japanese invasion. After Japan defeated the Allied forces on Singapore, tens of thousands became became prisoners of the Japanese including Len and his friends.

They were soon to join thousands of other Allied POWs and Asian labourers working in horrendous conditions on the notorious ‘Death Railway’ between Thailand and Burma. This film follows Len's story from Sunderland to the Far East and back, a story of survival against the odds and of the indomitable spirit of Len and so many other POWs, and sheds light on the suffering of so many men and women as POWs in the Far East.