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Do the birds still sing in hell? / Horace Greasley.

By: Greasley, Horace, 1918-2010.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London, England : John Blake Publishing, 2019Description: 313 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781789461619; 1789461618.Subject(s): Greasley, Horace, 1918-2010 | Rauchbach, Rosa | Greasley, Horace, 1918-2010 | World War (1939-1945) | 1939-1945 | World War, 1939-1945 -- Prisoners and prisons, German | World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, British | Prisoner-of-war escapes -- Poland | Prisoner-of-war escapes | PolandGenre/Form: Personal narratives -- British.DDC classification: 940.547243092 Summary: Horace 'Jim' Greasley was twenty in the spring of 1939. 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. Taken prisoner on 25th May 1940, he was forced to endure a ten week march across France and Belgium, finding nourishment from dandelions, insects and ditches. Many of his fellow comrades were not so fortunate. Falling by the side of the road meant a bullet through the back of the head. Finally incarcerated in a prison camp in Poland, Horace embarked on a love affair with a German girl interpreting for his captors. He escaped to see her more than 200 times, yet made his way back into the camp each time, bringing food back to his fellow prisoners. Towards the end of the war he managed to bring radio parts back in. The BBC news would be delivered daily to over 3,000 prisoners. This is a tale of one man's defiance of the German nation.
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The incredible true story of how of one British soldier escaped a prisoner war camp 200 times to see the girl he loved.

Originally published: 2013.

Horace 'Jim' Greasley was twenty in the spring of 1939. 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. Taken prisoner on 25th May 1940, he was forced to endure a ten week march across France and Belgium, finding nourishment from dandelions, insects and ditches. Many of his fellow comrades were not so fortunate. Falling by the side of the road meant a bullet through the back of the head. Finally incarcerated in a prison camp in Poland, Horace embarked on a love affair with a German girl interpreting for his captors. He escaped to see her more than 200 times, yet made his way back into the camp each time, bringing food back to his fellow prisoners. Towards the end of the war he managed to bring radio parts back in. The BBC news would be delivered daily to over 3,000 prisoners. This is a tale of one man's defiance of the German nation.