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Old 17-04-2014, 09:17 PM   #13
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KIA, JULY 7th 1915
5th BATTN. 2nd BGDE.

In World War II, British prisoners arrive at a Japanese prison camp in western Burma..The commandant, Colonel Saito , informs them that all prisoners, regardless of rank, are to work on the construction of a railroad bridge over the River Kwai.. The senior British officer, Lieutenant Colonel Nicholson , reminds Saito that the Geneva Conventions exempt officers from manual labour...
War veteran and civil engineer Keith Best OBE, of Chessingham Gardens, off Tadcaster Road in York, designed and built the centrepiece of the 1957 film, which scooped 7 Oscars, including Best Picture..While the bridge was constructed by prisoners of war in two months, the actual one built in Sri Lanka by Mr Best for the filming took 8 months, with the use of 500 workers and 35 elephants..It was demolished in a matter of seconds, and the total cost was £85,000 pounds, equivalent to more than £1.2 million in today's money...

Born in 1923 in Sheffield, Mr Best was in the parachute regiment during the Second World War and was dropped behind enemy lines in France before D Day..He was captured by the Germans and put in a prisoner of war camp for a year until it was liberated..After the war he finished university and trained as a civil engineer before starting work with a company called Husband's in Sheffield and went to work for them building bridges in Sri Lanka..

It was while out in Sri Lanka that he was asked to work on the iconic bridge, which was 425ft long and 50ft above the water..The film, which was directed by David Lean and stars Guinness and Jack, uses the construction of the Burma-Siam Railway in 1942-43 for its historical setting...

The River Kwai, Khwae Noi (Thai: แควน้อย, "small tributary") or Khwae Sai Yok (Thai: แควไทรโยค), is a river in western Thailand. It rises to the east of the Salween in the north-south spine of the Bilauktaung range near, but not over the border with Burma.. It begins at the confluence of Ranti, Songkalia and Bikhli Rivers. At Kanchanaburi it merges with the Khwae Yai River to form the Mae Klong river, which empties into the Gulf of Thailand at Samut Songkhram... know, Harry; I always wanted to ask you, but didn't because I knew you so very much wanted me to and I didn't want to give you the satisfaction; but why do you always carry that umbrella?..In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun.. the job's a game!..

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