Kwai Bridge - Colonel Philip Toosey - Lecture 23 Aug 06


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Wednesday, 23 August 2006
The first Glasgow Hollybush Lecture will take place in the City Chambers, Glasgow. We are delighted to welcome author, Julie Summers.
Her subject will be ‘The Colonel of Tamarkan: Philip Toosey and the Bridge on the River Kwai’.

Portrayed by Alec Guinness as a boneheaded, brittle, Regular Army colonel in The Bridge on the River Kwai, Philip Toosey was the very opposite of his screen character. Charismatic, energetic and a brilliant leader who ensured that the men under his command suffered as little as possible at the hands of their unforgiving captors.

Tickets at £20.00 each to include a sandwich lunch are available from the Combat Stress Fundraising Department on 01372 841621.

Le Chevre
The Bridge is well worth a visit and the Military Cematary quite moving.
National Geographic have a 'Documentry' on building of the railway, mainly from an Aussy point of view. The Hellfire Pass was a cutting chopped out of solid rock using the most primative tools. They show the 'line' with the then surrounding jungle 'removed' there where massive embankments built in addition to many small bridges.
My 86 year old friend a vet of that era, has quite exstensive records on vairious folk both Thai and Foringers who helped to supply 'Illegal' Medical stores to the numerous up country prison camps and where Decorated by HM Gov at wars end.

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