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Sunday, 20 March 2011
Bridge over the River Kwai
This black iron bridge was brought from Java by the Japanese supervision by Allied prisoner-of-war labour as part of the Death Railway linking Thailand with Burma.
The bridge is still in use today and was the target of frequent Allied bombing raids during World War II and was rebuild after war ended. The curved spans of the bridge are the original sections. A daily train still follows the historical route from Kanchanaburi to Nam Tok Station. Over 13,000 POW's died building the track work.
If you're interested in reading about the building of the train line and the most infamous cutting, Click here to read about it on my other blog.
Today's quote: There are no bridges in folk songs because the peasants died building them ~ Eugene Chadbourne