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Story Challenge Letter B

Story Challenge Letter B

Bridge on the River Kwai

“The notorious Burma-Siam railway, built by Commonwealth, Dutch and American prisoners of war, was a Japanese project driven by the need for improved communications to support the large Japanese army in Burma. During its construction, approximately 13,000 prisoners of war died and were buried along the railway. An estimated 80,000 to 100,000 civilians also died in the course of the project, chiefly forced labour brought from Malaya and the Dutch East Indies, or conscripted in Siam (Thailand) and Burma (Myanmar). Two labour forces, one based in Siam and the other in Burma worked from opposite ends of the line towards the centre.”


Major Shears: You make me sick with your heroics! There’s a stench of death about you. You carry it in your pack like the plague. Explosives and L-pills – they go well together, don’t they? And with you it’s just one thing or the other: destroy a bridge or destroy yourself. This is just a game, this war! You and Colonel Nicholson, you’re two of a kind, crazy with courage. For what? How to die like a gentleman… how to die by the rules – when the only important thing is how to live like a human being.

14 responses

  1. As ‘n mens die fliek onthou, is daar meer jare agter jou as voor jou…..

  2. good idea for the post, thanks for the story 🙂

  3. Dit neem mens se gadagtes weer ver terug. Was in std 5 toe ons gekampeer het met skool in Warmbad toe die lied gewild was.Moeder ik hed je dogter lief, moeder sy is my hartedief!

  4. I remember the wooden BRIDGE movie and the film music (whistling RIVER KWAI MARCH) still so well!

  5. Bridge on the River Kwai, klink so mooi en romanties…. maar wat ‘n hartseer verhaal. Mooi fotos!!

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