Horace 'Jim' Greasley was 20 years old 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 thirty 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 ten week march across France and Belgium en-route to Holland. Horace survived...barely...
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. He brought food back to his fellow prisoners to supplement their meager rations. He broke out of the camp over two hundred 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.
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About the Author
Horace Greasley (1918–2010) was an English POW who escaped from his camp more than 200 times.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Very moving and truly inspirational The courage this young man showed and the loyalty to him of his fellow prisoners and his lover are just two aspects that make this true story so moving. Horace was captured and imprisoned as a POW. He rebelled over and over again, showing great courage and sheer audacity. A great story that has everything: sex, adventure, tragedy, humour. A tale finally told when he reached his 90th birthday. A real inspiration to us all.
Incredible story... Be aware that once you start reading this book, you will not be able to put it down. Horace Greasley & Ken Scott (ghost writer) put a lot of effort into this memoir to properly emulate what the true experience of a WWII POW was like. They tried... and SUCCEEDED to bring you back in time to the 1940's and put you right there with Horace in the prison camps. You will not regret reading this one!!!