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Dresden: A Survivor's Story (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Victor Gregg
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In 2011, Victor Gregg published Rifleman about his time on the front line in World War II, but the experience of writing this memoir sparked long buried memories of his experience in Dresden.

In four air raids between 13 and 15 February 1945, 772 Lancaster bombers of the British Royal Air Force and 527 of the United States Army Air Forces dropped more than 3,900 tons of high-explosive bombs and incendiary devices on Dresden. The resulting firestorm destroyed 15 square kilometres, or 6 square miles, of the city centre. 25,000 people, mostly civilians, were estimated to have been killed. Post-war discussion of whether or not the attacks were justified has led to the bombing becoming one of the moral issues of the Second World War.

An established soldier turning his uniform to the 10th Parachute Regiment in 1944, Victor Gregg was captured at Arnhem where he volunteered to be sent to a work camp rather than become another faceless number in the huge POW camps. With two failed escape attempts under his belt, Gregg was eventually caught sabotaging a factory and sent for execution.

Gregg’s first-hand narrative, personal and punchy, sees him through the trauma and carnage of the Dresden bombing. After the raid he spent five days helping to recover a city of innocent civilians, thousands of whom had died in the fire storm, trapped underground in human ovens. As order was restored his life was once more in danger and he escaped to the east, spending the last weeks of the war with the Russians.

Harrowing and vivid, Gregg draws us in to the heart-wrenching, often futile attempts to save lives, and the tentative friendships and near-misses along the way.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2765 KB
  • Print Length: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Reader; 1 edition (13 Feb. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,195 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Any of my words are inadequate 13 Feb. 2013
This is only the equivalent of 36 print pages in length, but the brevity is part of what makes this account so stunning. The product information sets the scene. Mr Gregg describes the destruction of Dresden in straightforward terms. This is very, very disturbing stuff - but it should be read. I can only imagine that Mr Gregg had the mental fortitude to get through these experiences because six years of war had hardened him to sights of appalling horror. 68 years ago today the Allies launched their attack that killed 25,000 civilians in an inferno that was planned to be totally devastating - and was. Despite Mr Gregg's assertion that he is not a pacifist, this is the most powerful piece of anti-war writing that I have ever read.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short and shocking 14 Feb. 2013
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This is a truly shocking first hand account of the events of that terrible night during which Dresden was reduced to ashes. I like the rather naive style of writing, it made me feel as if I were sitting with the author, listening to him first hand. Having read several accounts of the bombing of this city, this certainly is the most disturbing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dresden a survivor's story 1 Mar. 2013
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This is a startling piece of humane, autobiographical writing from the perspective of a British army Prisoner of War who was being held in Dresden when the bombing occurred in 1945. Through the experience of being required to assist in the rescue and recovery of civilian victims, the compassion and humanity of the soldier surges into life.The credibilty of the writer's experience is both sobering and inspiring and raises important questions about the nature of war and it excesses.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing!! 17 Feb. 2013
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This brief account of the bombing of Dresden gives an insight into the horrors of war. In my opinion it should not provide an opportunity to judge, as war on any scale is far too complex for such determinations. But the reader will be left with a glimpse of both the suffering and indeed the camaraderie that emerges from these dreadful situations. Everyone should read this. Well done Victor your actions make proud to be British.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hell remembered 26 Feb. 2013
Simply essential reading for all with any touch of humanity, this heartbreaking bag of memories wields a great deal of power. His conclusions are so obvious - would that more of those in power would take them to heart.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointingly simplistic 7 May 2013
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OK, this is billed as a survivor's true story and on that level it was interesting if a little fantastical. I had hoped for a bit more substance though....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dresden: A survivor's story 28 May 2014
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Great read, Victor Gregg I thank you for my life today and also my children's x
Inspiring emotional and powerful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eye opening 22 Jun. 2014
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Everybody knows about Dresden and the controversy of the bombing. This book gives an all too brief personnel in site of somebody who was there and saw the horrors.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Chilling that we were able to inflict such inhumanity to our fellow man in my lifetime!
Published 15 days ago by Tam O' Shanter
4.0 out of 5 stars Poignant.
Very thought provoking indeed from the perspective of an eye witness. Also shows the futility of War in many respects, the killing of innocents and the ease to which combatants... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Armchair Explorer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very interesting terrible devastation
Published 1 month ago by Millicent Goode
5.0 out of 5 stars Horrors of modern times.
A very sad, eye opening story. A must read for those who disbelieve.
Published 1 month ago by FloJo
3.0 out of 5 stars Difficult.
A harrowing read.
Published 2 months ago by tychos
5.0 out of 5 stars No victory is worth this carnage
I was born in the second world war and my father was a serving soldier until I was around 17. Brought up on stories of things which had occurred during the war, I was aware of what... Read more
Published 2 months ago by P. Blunsden
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
Excellent stuff
Published 5 months ago by C. Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read.
A short book unlike any other I have read. You should read it as well. If more people learnt from the past, less mistakes would be made again.
Published 6 months ago by mark gogerty
4.0 out of 5 stars memories Dresden
My husband was a mosquito pilot in the last war and mosquitos were involved, in the raid .I am 88 and this book brought back memories ,good and bad joyceMcpherson
Published 7 months ago by joyce mcpherson
5.0 out of 5 stars True eye-witness account
This is an extraordinary story of an escaped POW, sentenced to death for sabotage, who escaped because of (and into) the catastrophically effective raid on Dresden. Read more
Published 8 months ago by tommyr
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