Do the Birds Still Sing in Hell? - He escaped over 200 times from a notorious German prison camp to see the girl he loved. This is the incredible true story of Horace Greasley

Do the Birds Still Sing in Hell? - He escaped over 200 times from a notorious German prison camp to see the girl he loved. This is the incredible true story of Horace Greasley

By Horace Greasley & Ken Scott

  • Release Date : 2013-05-06
  • Genre : Biography
  • FIle Size : 4.95 MB
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Do the Birds Still Sing in Hell? - He escaped over 200 times from a notorious German prison camp to see the girl he loved. This is the incredible true story of Horace Greasley 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.

Reviews

  • Do the birds sing in hell

    5
    By pants2
    This was a very interesting book I thoroughly enjoyed it and can't imagine going through what they went through.
  • Warning - you will loose sleep

    5
    By Bennybigbones
    Firstly - I never give reviews out, but this book inspired me and made me realise what these POWs went through was amazing. As a solider myself, I couldn't imaging going through what he did. The detail, the wording, how it's told is beautiful. The love story is a hype... It's brilliant, I couldn't believe what he got up too... Be warned, you will loose sleep over this book, as I couldn't put it down, even if it was 4am. Enjoy this as much as I did, and you will experience something truly eye watering.
  • Do the birds still sing in hell

    5
    By Leeceepoo
    What a fantastic read. My besties are Flappers' Daughter and Granddaughter. Such a small world, my Dad was their next door neighbour in Corringham.
  • Amazing

    5
    By Lil67544
    Best book I have ever read.
  • Do the birds still sing in hell

    5
    By donnaxclare
    Loved it, great read..
  • Do the birds still sing in hell

    5
    By Punker68
    A touching human story of life in a WW2 POW camp, graphic and gripping story.
  • Do the birds still sing in hell?

    5
    By Benjaminhe
    This book was amazing! Caught me from the beginning! Felt like I was there! And actually broke me at the end! What a story! 10/10
  • Do the birds still sing in hell

    5
    By Keri870
    Amazing! Couldn't put the book down
  • Do the birds still sing in hell

    5
    By Sue Stone
    I don't think a book has ever made such an impression on me. From the farms of Leicester, to the battle fields of France,to a prisoner of war camp and, in the midst of this, a true love story. Inspiring and heart breaking
  • Lest we forget

    5
    By Swiss Blade
    Fascinating account of a POW's story. We'll never appreciate fully the things that our parents and grandparents went through during the war and especially in those camps. In some ways this reads as a happy story, but it doesn't mask the awful treatment that these men endured. Cracking story by a remarkable man!

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