Hardback. First published in 2011 in the UK.
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.
Paperback. 1st paperback edition. Published in November 2011 by "Bloomsbury Publishing".
Printer N/K. Written by Victor Gregg and Rick Stroud. ISBN number 9781408822081.
Same cover as the 1st Edition.