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Born into a working-class family in London in 1919, Victor Gregg enlisted in the Rifle Brigade at 19, was sent to the Middle East and saw action in Palestine. Following service in the western desert and at the battle of Alamein, he joined the Parachute Regiment and in September 1944 found himself at the battle of Arnhem. When the paratroopers were forced to withdraw, Gregg was captured. He attempted to escape but was caught and became a prisoner of war; sentenced to death in Dresden for attempting to escape and burning down a factory, only the Allies' infamous raid on the city the night before his execution saved his life. 

Gregg's fascinating story, told in a voice that is good-natured and completely original, continues after the end of the war. In the '50s he became chauffeur to the chairman of the Moscow Norodny bank in London, involved in shady dealings and strange meetings with MI5, MI6 and the KGB. His adventures, though, were not over - in 1989, on one of his many motorbike expeditions into Eastern Europe, he found himself at a rally of 700 people in a field in Sopron, at a fence that formed part of the barrier between the Soviet Union and the West. Vic cut the wire, and a few weeks later the Berlin Wall itself was destroyed - a truly unexpected coda to an incredible life lived to the full. 

This is the story of a true survivor.

©2011 Victor Gregg (P)2019 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

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An Eye Opener

Victor Gregg's account of his life is a powerful reminder of how privileged we are to have , on the whole , not had to endure what that amazing generation of men and women went through . It is hard not to like Gregg's personality , despite his occasional lapses into conceit, his honesty, trenchant self criticisms, and above all humour redeems it entirely. He could easily have airbrushed out the Novotny post war episodes , but he's too honest to do so, he doesn't come out of it looking that well in my opinion, but all our lives are if we're honest chequered, As with many of these WW2 biographical , as a man one is left with a combination of (almost) envy with relief , few of us have been put to the test or experienced such a sense of profound camaraderie, but neither have we had to endure the appalling horrors of war and the losses derived from it . If these stories were more widely known amongst the under 30s there would, I am sure, be a greater sense of pride and appreciation of their country, and the defacing of war memorials etc would be unthinkable . I'd highly recommend this book .

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captivating

a captivating story ,with a no holds barred account of war on the battlefield and the fight afterwards

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Brilliant Epic

Amazing honest story not only of war but of humanity...Its such a shame we are losing this generation

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WOW! What an amazing life story

Hard to believe that Victor's life is real and so packed with adventure! A sincere account of one man's life, spanning World War and espionage. Loved listening to it, especially his own reading.

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Superb

One of the best stories and narration, that I have heard for a long time.

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great book and story about a real hero and real ma

great book and story about a real hero and real man who knows what it means to fight for king and country

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Eye opening account of Victors life. Not just a wa

Eye opening account of Victors life. Not just a war story ,but has many more unexpected twists and turns. Well read and easy to listen to.

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Truly inspiring

From humble beginnings- should have been a General and a leading politician! A story of adventure, horror, love and loss. Best book I have read in a long time.

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Incredible life story

A truly amazing life, honest and humbling. Your story is well read and gripping. After the war I wondered what was going to be left for you to do but wow Victor it is all set for a film.

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What an amazing Story

Loved the story, Loved the narration. Victor crammed more into his lifetime than most of us could in 5 lifetimes. I was captivated from start to finish. Highly recommended