Essay on Bridge on the River Kwai

1506 Words Mar 14th, 2011 7 Pages
Bridge On The River Kwai.

The film deals with the situation of British and American prisoners of war, who were captured by the Japanese during World War II and were forced to build a bridge over the river Kwai, in order to accommodate Japanese Burma-Siam railway. At first the prisoners were planning to sabotage the construction of the bridge, and to not finish the construction at the scheduled date. Because of that decision, the Japanese were forcing British officers to be working along the ordinary soldiers. The head of the prisoners was Colonel Nicholson and he was the person, who fought for the soldiers’ rights and managed to save the officers from working, for the price of sitting in the “oven”, a closed room made of pieces of steel
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While walking down the bridge, they followed the TNT wires and reached a place, where the switch was set up. A young soldier was spotted and a gunfight broke out, everyone but Major Warden was killed and Nicholson, while falling dead from the bullets that shot him, fell on the switch and activated the explosives, just in time the train was on the bridge. The mission for Warden turned out to be a success; not so much for Nicholson. The setting of the story is in Indochina, during the World War II, particularly river Kwai, where all the action is happening. Some of the name characters are: Colonel Nicholson, Commandant Saito, Seaman Shears, Major Warden, Major Clipton, Lieutenant Joyce, Colonel Green, Captain Reeves, Major Hughes, Privates Grogan and Baker.
The actual story of building of construction of this bridge is very different from what was depicted in the film. The most important fact that is not mentioned in the film is that 13000 of Dutch and American prisoners of war died and were buried right under the bridge, and 80000 to 100000 of civilians died in the course of the project, mostly because of forced labor. Those civilians were forced to the construction site from both banks of the river, a part of civilians from Siam and a part of civilians from Burma sides. Also, as stated by the official sources most of the incidents that

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