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Death Railway Bridge

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Allied POWs first built the Death Railway Bridge, or Saphan Mae Nam Khwae Yai, in the early 1940s as part of the Second World War, and while not all that amazing to look at, it stands as one of the most famous bridges in Thailand and an important reminder of the thousands who gave their lives.

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The bridge was a crucial part of the Thai-Burma Railway, which carted Japanese military supplies between Nong Pladuk in Thailand and Thanbyuzayat on the Andaman Sea coast in Burma from 1942-45. During the 414-kilometre railway's construction, in harsh tropical conditions with starvation rations, diseases running rife and brutal treatment by Japanese guards, an estimated 13,000 out of some 60,000 POWs died along with an additional estimated 80,000 to 100,000 civilian workers who were brought from then-Malaya and the Dutch East Indies, or conscripted in Thailand and Burma, out of a total of some 200,000. The POWs were immortalised in Pierre Boulle’s novel, The Bridge On The River Kwai, and the classic 1957 film of the ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)


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