When the Allied POW’s are forced to build a railway for their captors, Col. Nicholson implores his men to take pride in their craftsmanship instead of doing shoddy work.
On a Japanese holiday, Col. Saito finally gives in and allows British officers the ability to command their soldiers without performing manual labor.
Even when confined to small box for refusing to allow his officers to work, Col. Nicholson is unwilling to give in, even if it costs him his life.
When the Japanese command orders all captured prisoners into manual labor, Col. Nicholson refuses to allow officers to work as per the Geneva Convention.
Despite the growing sentiment to attempt an escape, Col. Nicholson informs his fellow prisoners that will retain a sense of order and not attempt escape.
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