Second Battle of El Alamein: Snapshots of War

Second Battle of El Alamein: Snapshots of War

by Victor Gregg

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Second Battle of El Alamein: Snapshots of War by Victor Gregg

'I invite the reader to travel the road alongside these men, many of whom are destined to be buried in some foreign field, others to survive and endeavour to forget, and others to live a life of mental torture as they try to adjust after the storms of battle have receded into the history books.'

–Victor Gregg, veteran of the Rifle Brigade and 10th Parachute Regiment.

Victor Gregg, after an absence of eight months of service, is offered a promotion which he promptly turns down, saying, 'You will notice from a glance at my records that I have on at least three previous occasions turned down the offer of advancement. I just wish to fight out this war in the company of the lads who I call my mates, and they are all in the carriers.'

The Second Battle of El Alamein, Egypt (23 October–11 November 1942) was a decisive battle in the Second World War. With the Allies victorious, it marked the watershed of the Western Desert Campaign, causing Winston Churchill to proclaim 'Before Alamein we never had a victory. After Alamein we never had a defeat.'

The British victory turned the tide in the North African Campaign and ended the Axis threat to Egypt, the Suez Canal and the Middle Eastern and Persian oil fields via North Africa.

In this first-hand account, Gregg's words celebrate the unprecedented comraderies of war, but tight-knit groups make for very personal tragedies. He bravely unpicks not only the action of war, but the reaction of the normal men in extraordinary circumstances, trying to maintain sanity amongst the debris of corpses.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781448216802
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 01/24/2017
Series: Snapshots of War
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 30
Sales rank: 309,958
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Victor Gregg was born in London in 1919 and joined the army in 1937, serving first with the Rifle Brigade in India and Palestine, before service in the Western Desert. Later, with the Parachute Regiment, he saw action in Italy and at the Battle of Arnhem, where he was taken prisoner. He was released from the Army in 1946.

He wrote a trilogy of memoirs: King's Cross Kid, about his working-class childhood in London between the World Wars; Rifleman, about his life on the front line from Alamein and Dresden to the Fall of the Berlin Wall; and Soldier, Spy, about his life as a demobbed soldier returning to civilian life and all the challenges that entailed.

He wrote Dresden, A Survivor's Story to mark the anniversary of the bombing of Dresden that took place between 13 and 15 February 1945.

Rick Stroud is a writer and film director. As well as working with Victor Gregg on his trilogy of memoirs, he is the author of The Book of the Moon, The Phantom Army of Alamein and Kidnap in Crete.
Victor Gregg was born in London in 1919 and joined the army in 1937, serving first with the Rifle Brigade in India and Palestine, before service in the Western Desert. Later, with the Parachute Regiment, he saw action in Italy and at the Battle of Arnhem, where he was taken prisoner and sentenced to death in Dresden, where, ironically, he was saved from execution by the Allied bombing of the city. He was demobilized in 1946.

He wrote a trilogy of memoirs: King's Cross Kid, about his working-class childhood in London between the World Wars; Rifleman, about his life on the front line from Alamein and Dresden to the Fall of the Berlin Wall; and Soldier, Spy, about his life as a demobbed soldier returning to civilian life and all the challenges that entailed.

He wrote Dresden, A Survivor's Story to mark the anniversary of the bombing of Dresden that took place between 13 and 15 February 1945.

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