{Download Reading} Rifleman: A Front-Line Life from Alamein and Dresden to the Fall of the Berlin WallAuthor Victor Gregg – Entrecielos.co

Completely Fascinating This Feels Like One Of The Last Voices Of A Vital Generation For The First Hand Account Of The Dresden Fire Bombing Alone, This Is Gripping Reading It Has An Immediate Power Throughout That Makes War Fiction A Pale Shadow Of The Real Thing Conn Iggulden Second World War Memoirs Are Commonplace, But Very Few Soldiers Had Victor Gregg S Breadth And Depth Of Experience Rifleman Is A Thrilling Story Of A Young Man In Extraordinary Circumstances Yet What Makes Gregg S Story So Enthralling Is How He Was Shaped By His Wartime Experiences And Primed An Eventful And Dangerous Life Behind The Iron Curtain Rifleman Is An Outstanding Book That Deserves To Become A Classic Lloyd Clark, Author Of Arnhem Many People Performed Extraordinary Feats Of Bravery And Lived Through An Astonishing Array Of Campaigns During The Long Years Of The Second World War, Yet Few Can Have Seen Action Than Rifleman Victor Gregg His Hugely Entertaining And Often Moving Memoir Is As Action Packed As Any Fiction, And Yet This Is No Novel Gregg S Adventures Were Real His Is Truly An Astonishing Story James Holland, Author Of The Battle Of Britain And Fortress Malta Gregg S Description Of The Bombing Of Dresden Is Possibly One Of The Most Shocking Accounts Of Warfare You Will Ever Read His Memoir Is A Gripping Life Story An Incident Packed Account Of Heartache, Violence And Cunning By A Man Whose Will To Survive And Unbreakable Optimism Are A True Inspiration IndependentThe Astonishing Life Of A Young Working Class Man Who Fought Throughout The Second World War From Alamein To The Invasion Of Sicily, Was Captured At Arnhem And As A POW Survived The Allied Bombing Raid On Dresden


5 thoughts on “Rifleman: A Front-Line Life from Alamein and Dresden to the Fall of the Berlin Wall

  1. Tambok Tambok says:

    I actually read this book some 3 years before writing this review but have just had my memory jogged after hearing Victor being interviewed on Radio 5Live The reason for the interview was the 75th Anniversary of the Dresden Bombing,which Victor as a P.O.W witnessed first hand.This book,and Victor s description,stunned and horrified me.The interview,during which he didn t mention his book incidentally,was even powerful and the Broadcasters delayed the news report by 7 minutes so powerful and emotional were his words.The bombing is only part of the book,the fascinating and moving story of Victor s life as a P.O.W.but inevitably it s the part that will stay in most people s minds afterwards,not least Victor showing the good side of many of the enemy and his views on those who send others to war.This is a book that really affected me and every time I hear the usual 5 second soundbite about the latest bombing raid by someone,somewhere over some perceived grievance,fight over lines on a piece of paper or a disagreement over which way of worshipping the same God might be best.At those times,usually after 3 minutes on Beckham s latest hairstyle or something really important about some reality tv show, I think of Victor sdescription of the reality and brutality of warfare and I share his views of those who profit from it in any way,politically or financially.A very important book as well as an interesting one.I had no idea Victor Gregg was still alive but his radio interview was powerful stuff and attracted a lot of positive comment from listeners,many of whom I suspect don t think past the headlines from various parts of the globe every time our glorious leaders see bombing everything as the answer.Fascinating book by a fascinating man.


  2. Nicholas Walton Nicholas Walton says:

    My favourite autobiographies are the ones that make your eyebrows rise and your heart pound Victor Gregg s book is absolutely one of them from his tough beginnings in Bloomsbury to the Desert War to Dresden to his difficult post war transition and succession of peculiar Cold War jobs, he has lived the type of life that begs to be read about The descriptions of combat in the desert are vivid and frightening, and you can see how his hard upbringing provides the psychological bedrock of the cussed and dynamic rifleman The descriptions of Dresden are horrible, and his own take on the bombing of that city is clear for anybody to agree or disagree with I found the post war involvement with the Russians to be a difficult read there was something evasive about the way it is told, which I suppose fits in with his own retrospective and sad assessment of how much he was affected by the transition from rifleman to civvie All in all, a terrific book and full of telling perspectives relevant to so many aspects of the 20th century.


  3. G. HOLMES G. HOLMES says:

    A good read How fate can intervene when you live your life day by day I think its refreshing to read the wartime memories of an ordinary infantryman And what memories they are Rifleman Gregg s experiences read like an improbable Hollywood movie, where the American G.I is always the hero Here though we have a genuine British gallant who had seen it all, done it all, and lived to a ripe old age to record his adventures for posterity.While Victor has laid down before us his experiences of his 10 army service that encapsulated the Second World War, for a man in his 90s he must view his distant past like looking through a distant mirror Almost as if it was another life He is probably as surprised by the bravery shown by some of his escapades as his readers are thinking how they would respond given the same challenges to their levels of courage and endurance.As a keen fan of military histories, this one of the best books on the subject I have read lately Thoroughly recommended.


  4. Gazdoc Gazdoc says:

    Victor Gregg is the sort of bloke you would stay well away from He passed through some of the most vicious campaigns in North Africa and Europe physically unscathed Captured at Arnhem he ended up condemned to death in Dresden, before making friends with the Russians Everyone around him took a bullet, bomb, or mortar round and Victor cleaned it all up and soldiered on His reflections on the stupidity of those in power and the ravages of what we now call Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are spot on Highly intelligent, utterly observant, Gregg tells his story with clear, unembellished language and you just know it is all true The chapters covering his postwar career are pretty staggering too.


  5. Selena Lethbridge Carr Selena Lethbridge Carr says:

    To me this read as an honest, heart felt account of one man s personal experience of the horrors people inflicted on each other, yet still the lessons have not been learnt I had heard talk from people who were witness to Dresden, one a British pilot, and now this account from Rifleman Gregg It made me ashamed of the powers that were, on both sides, for enabling these atrocities to happen.Whilst living in France I visited O rador sur Glan and many other places damaged by the wars and the scars are omnipresent Say what you like about the French, from what I have read, seen and been told, they did the best they could under German occupation.Rarely are the instigators of war on the front line, tucked safely away in bunkers or safe houses Those who would wage war should be put in an arena to fight amongst themselves perhaps they would work harder at a diplomatic solution given this option This would save millions of lives, heartaches, time and money.