In Burma in WWII, 15,000 US soldiers – many of them African-American – toiled through mountainous jungle terrain and torrential rain, and battled across raging rivers to build a road dismissed by Churchill as “an immense, laborious task, unlikely to be finished until the need for it has passed.” Soon after the road was completed the war ended and the 1,133 mile road abandoned. 1,133 American soldiers had died during its construction. A handful are still alive today.
China now is attempting resurrect the road, which would be the first major overland trade route to India in more than 50 years.
See photos and read the full article in the LA Times.