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Horace 'Jim' Greasley was 20 years of age in the spring of 1939 when Adolf Hitler invaded Czechoslovakia and latterly Poland. There had been whispers and murmurs of discontent from certain quarters, and the British government began to prepare for the inevitable war. 

After seven weeks training with the 2nd/5th Battalion Leicester, he found himself facing the might of the German army in a muddy field south of Cherbourg, in Northern France, with just 30 rounds of ammunition in his weapon pouch. Horace's war didn't last long. He was taken prisoner on 25th May 1940 and forced to endure a 10 week march across France and Belgium en route to Holland.

Horace survived...barely. Food was scarce; he took nourishment from dandelion leaves, small insects and occasionally a secret food package from a sympathetic villager, and drank rain water from ditches. 

Many of his fellow comrades were not so fortunate. Falling by the side of the road through sheer exhaustion and malnourishment meant a bullet through the back of the head and the corpse left to rot. After a three day train journey without food and water, Horace found himself incarcerated in a prison camp in Poland. It was there he embarked on an incredible love affair with a German girl interpreting for his captors.

He experienced the sweet taste of freedom each time he escaped to see her, yet incredibly he made his way back into the camp each time, sometimes two, three times every week. Horace broke out of the camp then crept back in again under the cover of darkness after his natural urges were fulfilled. He brought food back to his fellow prisoners to supplement their meagre rations. He broke out of the camp over 200 times and towards the end of the war even managed to bring radio parts back in. The BBC news would be delivered daily to over 3,000 prisoners. This is an incredible tale of one man's adversity and defiance of the German nation.

©2019 Horace Greasley (P)2019 Bonnier Books UK

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Disappointing

i felt the graphic detail of the sexual encounters and the language was inappropriate for this subject matter. I have read a lot of books regarding the holocaust that i have found incredible, this is definitely not one of them, and to link it with 'The Tattoist of Auschwitz' is absurd. I am not a prude, i enjoyed '50 shades of grey' where sexual detail is necessary for the genre. A very disappointing and distasteful read.

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More Mills & Boon than war.

Semi erotic novel that spends more time telling stories of Horace getting his leg over than anything else.

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WW2 PORN ACTION

To be honest , a bit like reading a porn story, i understand that Horace was only a young man at the time of WW2 but way way too much unnecessary sex , one can only think that if he'd spent a little less time talking about his sexual conquests, the story would be more believable, as it is, it lacks a bit in the reality department.

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This is a top class true story.

This is a must,i've read many a book about the Concentration Camps in World War 2 but this book is from the British view point of them and how a group off the soldiers stood up to the Germans whenever the opportunity arise,they had guts that's for sure and was astounded when i was listening at night and heard a prisoner called Jock came from Falkirk Scotland in the exact town im writing this review from now ,if you decide to purchase it you will not be disappointed.

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Beautiful story totally spoilt

Beautiful story spoilt by it being padded out by very crude descriptions which I very much doubt were the word of Horace Greasley. Leaves one wondering what is true and what is not. A great shame.

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frightening.read

powerful and sad story read brilliantly. horrific and sad and enlightening to the the horrors that occurred

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A very moving book.

This book was very moving in parts and extremely honest. Well worth it listen. The narrator was very good as well.

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exceptional

not the usual. prisoner of war book. romance well described through out. War and love in one book.

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Plucky, witty, honest and inspirational

A terrific account of a plucky Brit inspiring those around him through the perils of the Second World War. Written in a truly unique way, as if you are sitting right there with Jim/Horace himself. Wonderfully humourous and descriptive, a thoroughly enjoyable listen.

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what a story

If this was fiction no one would believe what happened to all the people involved in this story. Its made me cry, feel so angry, so happy and so deeply sad. I hope the author found peace

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  • 13-03-20

If I hear “moist vagina” one more time

The book was written by a WW2 POW. I thought there would be war stories but it was pretty much just his sex life throughout World War Two. The man didn’t fail to take every opportunity to talk about how much the women enjoyed having sex with them. Which I think is funny because it’s from HIS perspective so he’s just assuming they liked it, typical man. But seriously if you don’t like the word “moist” don’t read this book because every other chapter talks about Rose’s “moist vagina”. What also pissed me off is that they author claimed they were in love, but only talked about the times he “fucked” her. At the end of the story he tells her about how he’ll tell everyone about how lovely and amazing she is, then 70 years later he writes a book that’s entirely about her “ heaving breasts” and “moist vagina”. Seriously I don’t know anything about Rose expect she cried a lot and was good in bed.
Pretty sure the narrator has a slight Australian accent. So if you want to hear Steve Irwin say “moist vagina” over and over, this book is for you.

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  • Kerr
  • 13-06-20

Too much profanity

There was so much profanity I didn't get very far into the book. I prefer authors who are able to use creativity for describing things and the language of the characters without being vulgar.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-05-20

Fantastic!

I love history and war stories.. So many tales to be told. This was scary, funny , painfully romantic , and big time crier! Love it from start to finish

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  • Brent
  • 30-04-20

Great story, excessive graphic sex not necessary.

I have never been a fan of graphic sex placed in stories. Don't understand the purpose it serves. scene after scene, so much I ended up skipping through them. Overly gratuitous. other than that the book was fantastic. Gripping story of survival and strength, love and friendship.

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  • Audri Beugelsdijk
  • 19-04-20

Gripping and Impossible to put Down

This was a gripping story of resilience. it provided eye-opening insight into the WWII POW experience. The language and sexual descriptions throughout were a bit stunning. Horace's experiences were impossible to put down.

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  • Samuel
  • 20-02-20

Just Finished It

honestly a little in tears at the end but it is a really good book, very well done.

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  • Travis Endlich
  • 15-01-20

Great book

Great book. Gives great detail. Makes you think of how it must have been for the POWs in WW2.

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  • Ben Brewer
  • 02-01-20

Awesome

Excellent book couldn't stop listening! Great narrator, well written very entertaining. This book has it all.

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  • Randolph
  • 22-12-19

grab your tissues

I loved this book. An outstanding reading as well. The only thing I got annoyed with was the repeated graphic sexual descriptions. But don't let that push you away from this AMAZING story.

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  • Gary Ruedy
  • 15-12-19

a worthy read

a almost unbelievable story of survival the fact that it is true is amazing.