Thayet

သရက် / Thayetmyo 

During World War I, around twelve thousand soldiers of the Ottoman Army fell into the hand of British Forces, during the Sinai, Palestine and Mesopotamian campaigns. The Ottoman prisoners of war were transferred to Burma, which was then under British rule, and were forced to work in the construction of railroads, bridges and artificial lakes. More than 1500 soldiers died as a result of epidemics, hard physical labor conditions and cruel treatment. It is not known how many of the Ottoman prisoners in Burma were able to return home

Sights of interest

Thayet War Cemetery

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