Why was the Thai Burma Railway built
The Burma-Thailand railway (known also as the Thailand-Burma or Burma–Siam railway) was built in 1942–43.
Its purpose was to supply the Japanese forces in Burma, bypassing the sea routes which had become vulnerable when Japanese naval strength was reduced in the Battles of the Coral Sea and Midway in May and June 1942..
Who blew up the bridge over the River Kwai
In late 1944 the US Air Force and British RAF started to bomb the lines and bridges to break the Japanese supply lines. The metal bridge was bombed at least ten times. In 1946 the British army destroyed 40 kilometres of the line to block the connection with Burma.
Where did they film Bridge on the River Kwai
Sri LankaThe movie, which depicts British prisoners of war forced by the Japanese to build a bridge on the Thailand-Burma railway, was filmed in Sri Lanka.
Where is the River Kwai located
western ThailandThe River Kwai, more correctly ‘Khwae Noi’ (Thai: แควน้อย, English small tributary) or Khwae Sai Yok (แควไทรโยค), is a river in western Thailand, near, but not over the border with Myanmar. It begins at the confluence of Ranti, Songkalia and Bikhli Rivers.
Why were the Japanese offended by the 1957 movie The Bridge on the River Kwai
Why were the Japanese offended by the 1957 movie, The Bridge on the River Kwai? … The Japanese also accused the film’s “glorification of the superiority of Western civilization” because the British in the film were able to build a bridge that the Japanese could not.
Does the Thai Burma Railway still exist
The name used by the Japanese Government is Tai–Men Rensetsu Tetsudō (泰緬連接鉄道), which means Thailand-Burma-Link-Railway. The Thai portion of the railway continues to exist, with three trains crossing the original bridge twice daily bound from Bangkok to the current terminus at Nam Tok.
How true is the bridge over the River Kwai
The real bridge on the River Kwai was never destroyed, not even damaged. It still stands on the edge of the Thai jungle about three miles from this peaceful town and it has become something of a tourist attraction. The bridge was erected by Allied pris oners during the Japanese occupation of Thailand in World War II.
What is special about the bridge on the river
The Bridge on the River Kwai is a 1957 epic war film directed by David Lean and based on the 1952 novel written by Pierre Boulle. The film uses the historical setting of the construction of the Burma Railway in 1942–1943. … It has been included on the American Film Institute’s list of best American films ever made.
How many died on Burma railway
13,000This breakneck speed of construction had a heavy toll for those who built it: around 13,000 Allied Prisoners of War (POW) died during the work, alongside 100,000 local workers from across the region. They perished in unimaginably horrific conditions – starved, overworked, sick and mistreated.
Why is it called the Death Railway
It originated in Thailand and cut across to the Burmese war front to aid in the Japanese invasion of India. Originally called the Thailand-Burma Railway, it earned the nickname “Death Railway” because over one hundred thousand laborers died during its 16 month construction between 1942 and 1943.
What happened to the bridge top gear built in Burma
Unfortunately, the bridge was then taken down after the filming even though we asked for it to remain in place as it was an excellent facility for the local people. The bridge was not built over the Kok, but over the Fang River which flows into the Kok, for a number of reasons.
Can you visit the Bridge on the River Kwai
You can see the Bridge on the River Kwai as a day trip from Bangkok using the morning train out & afternoon train back, but a 2 or 3 day trip is better as there’s more to see than just the Bridge.
Did the British build the bridge over the River Kwai
Aftermath. The railway was completed on Oct. 16, 1943. “The British originally had it planned to build in five years, yet we completed it in one and a half years.