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Survivor on the River Kwai The Incredible Story of Life on The Burma Railway by Reg Twigg
  

Survivor on the River Kwai The Incredible Story of Life on The Burma Railway

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How an ordinary man can become a hero, something that Reg Twigg became after calling on unknown reserves of bravery and determination to survive the war and his appalling treatment at the hands of the Japanese. Perhaps bloody mindedness might be another word to use, Reg Twigg was not going to give in, and he would survive and return to pick up his previous life, an outstanding and detailed record of life as a prisoner of war.

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Survivor on the River Kwai The Incredible Story of Life on The Burma Railway by Reg Twigg

Survivor on the River Kwai is the heartbreaking story of one of the last survivors of the Burma Railway. February 1942. A young British soldier is caught up in the worst defeat in the history of the British Army, the fall of Singapore. Reg Twigg spends the next three years in hell, moving from jungle camp to jungle camp and building the Burma Railway for the all-conquering Japanese. Beaten, tortured, starving and forced to watch his comrades die, Reg fights for his survival, stealing from his captors, trapping animals and even making his own tobacco. That Reg survived is testimony to his own courage and determination, his will to beat the alien brutality of camp guards who had nothing but contempt for him and his fellow POWs. He was a risk taker whose survival strategies sometimes bordered on genius. As moving and harrowing as The Last Fighting Tommy, with the drama of David Lean's The Bridge Over the River Kwai and the heart of The Forgotten Highlander, Survivor on the River Kwai is Reg's story - his pain, his triumphs and even his forgiveness. Reg Twigg was born at Wigston (Leicester) barracks on 16 December 1913. He was called up to the Leicestershire Regiment in 1940 but instead of fighting Hitler he was sent to the Far East, stationed at Singapore. When captured by the Japanese, he decided he would do everything to survive. After his repatriation from the Far East, Reg returned to Leicester. With his family he returned to Thailand in 2006, and revisited the sites of the POW camps. Reg died in 2013, at the age of ninety-nine, two weeks before the publication of this book.

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One of the finest accounts yet of life in the jungle PoW camps, at once humbling, heartwarming and enraging -- Allan Mallinson The Times

About the Author

Reg Twigg was born at Wigston (Leicester) barracks on 16 December 1913. He was called up to the Leicestershire Regiment in 1940 but instead of fighting Hitler he was sent to the Far East, stationed at Singapore. When captured by the Japanese, he decided he would do everything to survive. After his repatriation from the Far East, Reg returned to Leicester. With his family he returned to Thailand in 2006, and revisited the sites of the POW camps. Reg died in 2013, at the age of ninety-nine, two weeks before the publication of this book.

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Book Info

Publication date

6th March 2014

Author

Reg Twigg

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Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
368 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
History
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Second World War
Asian history
Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900
Prisoners of war
Memoirs

ISBN

9780241965115

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