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A Bridge Over The River Kwai A bridge needed to be built over the River Kwai connecting Bangkok to Rangoon along the Burma-Siam Railway The task needed to be accomplished in 1943 by a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp in Burma This camp was run by Colonel Saito The prisoners of war at this camp were mainly British soldiers led by Colonel Nicholson The prisoners had to work from dawn to dusk in jungle heat and contend with malaria dysentery beri-beri and jungle soars They only had six months to complete the bridge Colonel Saito uses the British soldiers because they are very skilled at building bridges and allows their colonel Colonel Nicholson to command them Colonel Nicholson becomes very obsessed in building the bridge and doesnt want any interference While the bridge was being built Force 316 an envoy of American and British soldiers were hiding in the jungle near the bridge planning to blow it up upon completion They couldnt get word to Colonel Nicholson in fear they would be discovered The bridge gets completed in six months On the day the first train is to go over it Force 316 has it rigged to be blown up Colonel Nicholson discovers the plot to blow up the bridge minutes before the train arrives The British men of Force 316 try to tell Colonel Nicholson that they are British soldiers just like him and have orders to blow up the bridge but he would not listen He calls to Japanese guards for help and the bridge never blows up However Colonel Saito Colonel Nicholson and two Force 316 soldiers die The Bridge Over The River Kwai was a very interesting book It pitted two colonels against each other one British - one Japanese and both out to do their best It showed how both these military men believed in absolute obedience to their country even when it meant the British prisoner of war
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