Reg Twigg: Survivor on the River Kwai



Read An incredible true story of british Private who was captured by Japanese on Singapore and had to work in a forced labour of Thailand Burma railway Reg twigg described the work camps and the situation perfectly He also wrote how they survived hunger the diseases and Japanese Koreans guard tortures His work is uite different with Eric Lomax and Louis Zamperini Eric and louis both had forgiven the Japanese but in Reg Twigg writings we can feel the hatred It s not bad it s just different The details are amazing the book also contain some pictures What I like about his writing is that he went to a lot of work camps along the thai burma railway and he lived to tell the story He knew some of camps conditions He lived through it and he described it well One of historical biography of PoW that you cannot miss Incredible story Reg Twigg has a remarkable style as he recounts his xperiences. S bordered on genius Reg's story is uniueReg 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 verything to surviveAfter 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 bo.

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Thought I was reading a book on a survivor through the Burma railway however 100 pages in and there s nothing but gross descriptions of woman s bodies Ew Why reg DNF The writer xplains his simple working class childhood His account of the war years are from the perspective of a Private who became a POW soon after his arrival in Singapore It is a well narrated account and although from a different time reminds us that war then as it is now is an unholy business Worth to be read by todays generation A poignant memoir on the silent horrors of war and the stoicism of men stuck in appalling conditions A good one not a whole lot to say on the uality of writing Proust it ain t but it doesn t matter with such harrowing real life Threads Of The Shroud experiences one thing I have noticed with a lot of these accounts is the misheard Japanese phrases which no one has tried to demystify onexample of why you shou. Survivor on the River Kwai is the heartbreaking story of Reg Twigg one of the last men standing from a forgotten war Called up in 1940 Reg All Seated on the Ground expected to be fighting Germans Instead he found himself caught up in the worst military defeat in modern British history the fall of Singapore to the JapaneseWhat followed were three years of hell moving from one camp to another along the Kwai river building the infamous Burma railway for the all conuering Japanese Imperial Army Some prisoners coped with thendless brutality of the code of Bushido by turning to God; oth.

Ldn t look for any deep analysis of the Japanese mind or psyche in such accounts This genre is really crying out for the memoir of a nuanced and subtle type a sort of WWII version of The Gate It can t be made up solely of alright mate ows yer farver suaddie accounts surely perhaps something akin to No Mandalay No Maymo by Captain FitzpatrickThe phrase I m thinking of here and it crops up in other similar memoirs is Bugero sic surely this is a misheard and incorrectly transcribed version of Baka yaro heartbreaking gut wrenching This was a fantastic account of such a horrible time It really recounts the Untitled. events of the railway and the lives the POWs went through I only picked it up because of the connection to Leicester and the proximity to Reg s birthplace to my grandparents place and the research I have done into the Leicester regiment in the past I m pleased I did pick it up Fantastic. Ers clung to whatever was left of the regimental structure Reg made the deadly jungle with its malaria cholera swollen rivers lethal snakes andxhausting heat work for him With an ingenuity that is astonishing he trapped and ate lizards harvested pumpkins from the canteen rubbish heap and with his homemade razor became camp barberThat 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 sometime.

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