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Following the joining of the Burma and Thailand sides of the railway in October 1943, there was an interval of four months before the workers were redeployed elsewhere that allowed the sick and exhausted entertainers to regroup. Encouragement of musical and theatrical performances in field hospitals and relocation camps as part of rehabilitation schemes to stimulate the healing process resulted in a sudden growth in the number and quality of entertainment.
Eldredge, Sears, "Chapter 4. The Interval: Thailand and Burma" (2014). Book Chapters. 18.
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