ON THE RIVER KWAI

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Pris­on­ers of war con­structed a bridge over the Mae

Kong river at the town of Kan­chanaburi. Build­ing this was a nearly im­pos­si­ble feat and it’s made all the more im­pres­sive by the fact it was com­pleted in just one year, from Oc­to­ber 1942 to 1943. The cost was high, though, and lo­cals be­lieve that one sol­dier died for ev­ery sin­gle railway sleeper cross­ing the bridge. The story of the bridge was later drama­tised in a 1957 film, The Bridge on the River Kwai.

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