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Tuesday, January 22, 2008
  Kwai, Afghanistan links
A couple of quick links.

Front Line
Front LineAn audio slideshow for with photographs from a forward operating base in Afghanistan
by award winning photographer Louie Palu.

Front Line
Photography and audio by Louie Palu
Reporter/editor James Cudmore
Producer Robin Rowland

Cecil Brett

Cecil Brett is one of the key characters in A River Kwai Story. Brett was the intelligence officer who wrote the official analysis and history of the Burma Thailand Railway at the end of the Second World War. Brett was a Canadian intelligence officer assigned to a special allied unit in South East Asia.

From 1963 to his retirement in 1983, Brett was a professor at Monmouth College in Illinois.
Here is a mention of A River Kwai Story from the Monmouth College faculty Pipeline for Jan. 19-25. The page is not archived so here is what it says:

Cecil Brett featured in new book

A former faculty member's pre-Monmouth College experiences are featured in Robin Rowland's new book, "A River Kwai Story: The Sonkrai Tribunal."

Cecil Brett, who taught government and history at Monmouth from 1963 to 1983 and was director of the East Asian Studies program, also did post-World War II intelligence work on the Burma Thailand Railway, which Rowland says is a "significant part" of his book, which will be released in Australia this April.

In a communication to the college, Rowland thanked MC history professor Stacy Cordery for her help in his research.

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I'm a Toronto-based writer, photographer, web producer, television producer, journalist and teacher. I'm author of five books, the latest A River Kwai Story: The Sonkrai Tribunal. The Garret tree is my blog on the writing life including my progress on my next book (which will be announced here some time in the coming months) My second blog, the Wampo, Nieke and Sonkrai follows the slow progress of my freelanced model railway based on my research on the Burma Thailand Railway (which is why it isn't updated that often) The Creative Guide to Research, based on my book published in 2000 is basically an archive of news, information and hints for both the online and the shoe-leather" researcher. (Google has taken over everything but there are still good hints there)

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