Rifleman

Rifleman Born into a working class family in London in Victor Gregg enlisted in the Rifle Brigade at nineteen was sent to the Middle East and saw action in Palestine Following service in the western des

  • Title: Rifleman
  • Author: Rick Stroud Victor Gregg
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  • Page: 195
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  • Born into a working class family in London in 1919, Victor Gregg enlisted in the Rifle Brigade at nineteen, 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,Born into a working class family in London in 1919, Victor Gregg enlisted in the Rifle Brigade at nineteen, 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 fifties 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.

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    1. An interesting book, but never exciting or emotive. Victor seems to have had an amazing life and an incredibly lucky one when considering his life as a professional soldier throughout the second world war. Victor goes from one scrape to another, at one point missing execution by hours due to allied bombing, but it is ever clear how these situations came about. I presume he had a devil may care attitude which thrived on danger. Perhaps this is why the book isn't particularly self conscious when i [...]

    2. Wonderful autobiography of a British soldier during the Second World War. It has the ring of truth to it and it is easily read and digested. He went through so many changes in a long and eventful life. This is a page turner if there ever was one.

    3. At first, I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. The introduction gives away a lot of what Victor has done during his life, and I was worried it was going to be an improbable mass of incidents, talked up to seem interesting. It was nothing like that. The book focuses on the army years of Victor's life for the first two thirds, and then the final third is what happened to him afterwards.We're taken on the journey with the Rifles brigade, where at first it seems like great japes and jolly fu [...]

    4. A gripping life-story of Victor Gregg - a riffle soldier and later the parachute commando. Quite interesting and would justify four stars if not for his relation of his after the war involvement with the East German opposition. He claimed that the Hungarians started removing their borders with Austria to let East-German refugees to cross to Austria following his message from a German ex-Wermaht officer assurance that the East-Germans would not interfere. It beggars belief this had been really th [...]

    5. Rifleman, is he really, this is not a book, it is just a simple read like a magazine. The desert war was skipped through, no mention of the person whom he killed in action. If this had been me I would never have forgotten it, I would have remembered every grain of sand. This book disappoints, when I really was looking forward to it. He just skims over everything, even his wedding, for which he had over the years saved himself, for the one woman, who he did not really know. Sorry but I think ever [...]

    6. Memoir of Victor Gregg, British man who experienced so much of twentieth century history its hard to believe! The introduction by his coauthor, Rick Stroud, says that Gregg originally wrote it for his grandchildren. Stroud met Gregg when he interviewed him for research on World War II and ended up helping turn his memoirs into a book. This is a very interesting read; the description of the firebombing of Dresden alone is worth the time to read it.

    7. Victor Gregg's life in many ways tied into my family history quite closely, being from London, my uncle was in the parachute regiment and dropped in to Arnhem, my grandfather fought with the 8th Army etc. So many of the themes seemed very closed to home, I must say that even if you don't have the same touch points I'm sure you'll find the story of Victor's life extraordinary. Great book.

    8. Terrific account of a soldier of the World War, and in his own way, of the Cold War too - the reminiscences of war in the North African desert, in Arnhem, of the fire-bombing of Dresden and various hijinks later is unparalleled and brings into sharp relief what Mr Gregg and his generation went through

    9. Some of this book is very gruesome but I enjoyed reading about this soldiers experiences. Coming from Coventry I was aware that Dresden was bombed in the war but had no idea just how bad it was.I would recommend reading this book. A first hand account is such a powerful insight into the real situations.

    10. Gritty and very interesting read. There are times when I have to ask is this real as his escapades cover so many things - but the level of detail and the way it is told in a self effacing, cheeky chappie style is convincing to me. Particularly liked the shambolic nature of the supposed organisation of much of the army experience Read in 24 hours as its definitely a page turner.

    11. This man had a fascinating life. The story is a bit rambling, but that's probably because there is so much to tell. It's incredible to think one man lived through all of this. Could be the most interesting man in the world. I'd like to read his follow-up on the Dresden bombings.

    12. This is a good read. I like reading biographies of people who've experienced war as it gives me a perspective on life totally outside my own. Victor Gregg has certainly lead a very interesting life and he seems like one extremely lucky guy to still be around.It's well-written and never dull.

    13. A matter of fact statement, that reminds one of the real heroes of warfare. Riflemen in the desert, at Arnhem, and then evidencing the horror of Dresden which could be argued was Europes Hiroshima. No punches pulled, and no platitudes sought; an open view by a normal man. Cede Nullis.

    14. Simply a great read. The first hand account of the bombing of Dresden was especially gripping and this reader almost felt he was there at on that fateful day. I couldnt put this book down.

    15. A good book with a first-hand account of the war. I loved how he was a bit shady in his dealings. Made for a good read :)

    16. Fascinating, a life well worth recording. Patchy as a read, I got a bit bogged down in the espionage sections.

    17. Helps you enter the complex life of a man who survives the WWII. My grandfather died in African part of the war and this book helped me understand what he must have went though.

    18. Would have liked more detail on actual experiances, felt that the writer rushed through war experiances and focused more on life after the war.

    19. "While there may be victors, there are no winners in war between nations." - One out of many amazing quotes from the book. Amazing piece of work.

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