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Bridge on the River Kwai

This bridge, also known as Bridge 277, is the most famous part of the Burma Railway. On this location the railway crosses the Kware- or Mae Klong-rivier. First, a wooden bridge was contructed in February 1943. In June 1943, it was replaced by a concrete and steel one.

On 2 April 1945, the bridge was destroyed by a bombardment of the U.S. 458th Heavy Bombardment Group. After the war, the Japanese helped to repair the bridge. The two middle segments are reparations, the rest of the bridge is original.

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  • Text: Fedor de Vries
  • Photos: Simon Armstrong