Colonel of Tamarkan

Colonel of Tamarkan Creat Julie Summers Viral Books I was born near

Colonel of Tamarkan Creat Julie Summers Viral Books I was born near Liverpool and grew up first on the Wirral and then in Cheshire Although the greater part of my childhood was spent outside pursuing any number of outdoor activities, I have always wanted to be a writer.I am passionate about writing and unembarrassed to be so I love researching my books, especially when they involve meeting people and finding out about their lives I have a little study in the attic of our house with one of the best views in Oxford the dreaming spires seen from Iffley I write in the mornings after the children have gone to school and find the problem is not sticking to the routine but tearing myself away from writing at the end of the day I describe myself as a biographer and historian but the most important thing for me is to be a story teller.. Alec Guinness won a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of the dogmatic, but brittle commanding officer in David Lean s film The Bridge on the River Kwai While a brilliant performance, it owed to fiction than fact, as the man who actually commanded the POWs ordered to build the infamous bridges there were in fact two one wooden, one concrete was cut from very dAlec Guinness won a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of the dogmatic, but brittle commanding officer in David Lean s film The Bridge on the River Kwai While a brilliant performance, it owed to fiction than fact, as the man who actually commanded the POWs ordered to build the infamous bridges there were in fact two one wooden, one concrete was cut from very different cloth Lieutenant Colonel Philip Toosey was the senior officer among the 2,000 odd Allied servicemen incarcerated in Tamarkan prison camp, and as such, had to comply with the Japanese orders to help construct their Thailand Burma railway With malnutrition, disease and brutality, their constant companions, it was a near impossible task for soldiers who had already endured terrible privations and one, which they knew would be in the service of their enemy But, under Toosey s careful direction, a subtle balancing act between compliance and subversion, the Allied inmates not only survived but regained some sense of self respect Re creating the story of this remarkable leader, with tremendous skill and narrative flair, and drawing on many original interviews with Second World War POWs from the Asian theatre, The Colonel Of Tamarkan is a riveting blend of biography. Popular Kindle Colonel of Tamarkan The Bridge on The River Kwai is one of the most fantastic and famous World War II movies made. Alec Guiness plays the role of the Allied camp commandant Colonel Nicholson. The climax is when he discovers the wire leading to dynamite charges for the bridge. At first he seems incensed at the idea of someone blowing up the bridge that his camp had made with such blood, toil, sweat and tears. Then, as he realizes that this will help the Allied war effort, he falls on the plunger and dies. The bridge blows up and the first train carrying Japanese troops crashes into the river.Wonderful drama. And since this bridge was actually built by Allied prisoners, it seems the whole enactment is true. Only it wasn’t. There are 3 versions of what happened. One, the movie (what most people think occurred). Two, what’s in the book on which the movie was based. Three, what actually happened.Ms Summers, the granddaughter of Colonel Toosey who actually was the senior Allied officer at the camp depicted by Colonel Nicholson, gives us all three.She starts with the book. In 1952, the French Pierre Boulle published “De pont de la riviere Kwai”. It was based on accounts from Allied prisoners, his personal knowledge having lived a decade in the Far East and trained as a spy, and books by John Coast and Rohan Rivett on the life of Allied prisoners under the Japanese. He intended it to be fiction, but as its based on an actual event, people confuse it for fact. An amazing story well written, it gets picked up by a film scriptwriter. The movie, with changes from the book (itself a fictionalized account), means the version most people know is twice removed from the truth.Then Ms Summers goes back into reality with the early life of her grandfather. I found this a bit lengthy in the telling. Moving to his experiences in the phoney war and Dunkirk, it becomes more interesting. Then he ships to Singapore where he does a stellar job, but gets caught in the surrender. What actually happens on the river Kwai starts a third into the book, when we accompany Colonel Toosey to Tamarkan. Here is where he makes his mark. Taking charge of the camp, he gets many concessions, builds relationships with guards like Saito, manages the issues of officers doing manual labour, racketeering to supply the canteen and escape plans. In a basic way, he waged war on flies and mosquitoes alike each day. The building of the two bridges seems almost incidental amid this struggle for survival.Then Tamarkan becomes a hospital camp, well run by Colonel Toosey. He is moved from camp to camp over the next 2 years. The worst part of this was the bombing by Allied planes in Nong Pladuk in late 1944 that happened as the camp was just next to vital railway lines. The irony was difficult to bear.The surrender of Germany, and then Japan hurtles them to the end of their captivity. As they head back home, they experience amazing sights like salutes from Major Chida as they left. Colonel Tooney arranged the return of his Territorial regiment in one ship, instead of being split up. The ship was the SS Orbita, the same vessel that had taken him back from South America to England 2 decades ago.The men return to wives, children, families, a Britain, and (if they are lucky) jobs changed by years of war. Adjusting is difficult for both sides. Toosey struggles as well. It takes years, in the case of his daughter Gillian. His relationship with his wife Alex never seems to recover.Colonel Toosey’s subsequent life relating to his war experiences is very rich. He supports individuals and organizations. Is given the CBE and finally knighted. When congratulating him, Bertie Ogden suggests his subsequent enablement should be as Lord Bridge!
The Colonel of Tamarkan Philip Toosey and the Bridge on When Alec Guinness won his Oscar for the role as Colonel Nicholson in the film Bridge on the River Kwai nothing could have been further from his mind than the feelings of the real life colonel who, as prisoner of the Japanese in the second world war, was forced to build a bridge over a major river in order to help the Japanese supply route from Thailand to Burma. The Colonel of Tamarkan May , Written by Toosey s granddaughter, The Colonel of Tamarkan draws on both private archives and many original interviews with Second World War POWs from the Asian theatre to create a riveting blend of biography and history It is a remarkable portrait of a forgotten British hero. The Colonel Of Tamarkan Philip Toosey And The Bridge On Jan , Lieutenant Colonel Philip Toosey was the senior officer among the , odd Allied servicemen incarcerated in Tamarkan prison camp, and as such, had to comply with the Japanese orders to help construct their Thailand Burma railway. Philip Toosey COLONEL OF TAMARKAN, THE PHILIP TOOSEY AND THE BRIDGE Lieutenant Colonel Philip Toosey was the senior officer among the , odd Allied servicemen incarcerated in Tamarkan prison camp, and as such, had to comply with the Japanese orders to help construct their Thailand Burma railway. The Colonel of Tamarkan COFEPOW Re creating the story of this remarkable leader with tremendous skill and narrative flair, and drawing on many original interviews with Second World War POWs from the Asian theatre, THE COLONEL OF TAMARKAN is a riveting blend of biography and history JULIE SUMMERS is a writer and researcher and the granddaughter of Sir Philip Toosey. The Colonel of Tamarkan Philip Toosey and the Bridge on The Colonel of Tamarkan Philip Toosey and the Bridge on the River Kwai by Summers, Julie New Edition The Colonel of Tamarkan Philip Toosey and the Bridge on The Colonel of Tamarkan Philip Toosey and the Bridge on the River Kwai has available editions to buy at Half Price Books Marketplace Same Low Prices, Bigger Selection, More Fun Shop the All New HPB The Bridge on the River Kwai Julie Summers, in her book The Colonel of Tamarkan, writes that Boulle, who had been a prisoner of war in Thailand, created the fictional Nicholson character as an amalgam of his memories of collaborating French officers.

  1. I was born near Liverpool and grew up first on the Wirral and then in Cheshire Although the greater part of my childhood was spent outside pursuing any number of outdoor activities, I have always wanted to be a writer.I am passionate about writing and unembarrassed to be so I love researching my books, especially when they involve meeting people and finding out about their lives I have a little study in the attic of our house with one of the best views in Oxford the dreaming spires seen from Iffley I write in the mornings after the children have gone to school and find the problem is not sticking to the routine but tearing myself away from writing at the end of the day I describe myself as a biographer and historian but the most important thing for me is to be a story teller.

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  1. The Bridge on The River Kwai is one of the most fantastic and famous World War II movies made Alec Guiness plays the role of the Allied camp commandant Colonel Nicholson The climax is when he discovers the wire leading to dynamite charges for the bridge At first he seems incensed at the idea of someone blowing up the bridge that his camp had made with such blood, toil, sweat and tears Then, as he realizes that this will help the Allied war effort, he falls on the plunger and dies The bridge blow [...]


  2. The rivetting tale of a real hero underscores how human resilience and character can assert itself in the most daunting circumstances Also glad to make the introduction of another unforgettable individual the officer of the Gordon Highlanders who is the colonel in the McAuslan stories a fact not brought out by the author The book also scores well in revealing how the story of The Bridge on the River Kwai is a distorted version of what really happened


  3. The story of Burma s real PoW colonel Philip Toosey Anton Lesser reads his granddaughter Julie Summers biographyCol Bogey youtube watch v CB8F8gSummer s writing skills are not so hot but that is irrespective given the man in view here he lived some gruelling times and never wavered his sense of honour or of what was right.






  4. Very well researched but too much of the research intrudes into the narrative An interesting, if rather dry account of the real Colonel at the bridge on the river Kwai.




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