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Survivor on the River Kwai: the incredible story of life on the Burma Railway

Survivor on the River Kwai: the incredible story of life on the Burma Railway

Twigg, Reg, 1913-2013, author

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. 'Survivor on the River Kwai' is Reg's story - his pain, his triumphs and even his forgiveness

Paperback, Book. English.
Published London: Penguin Books, 2014
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Statement of responsibility: Reg Twigg
ISBN: 024196511X, 9780241965115
Note: Originally published: London: Viking, 2013.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xiv, 317 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white), map (black and white) ; 20 cm
Subject: Prisoners of war Great Britain.; World War, 1939-1945 Personal narratives, British.; Warfare and Defence.; Twigg, Reg, 1913-2013.; Prisoners of war Thailand.; World War, 1939-1945 Prisoners and prisons, Japanese.

Author note

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.


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