Do the Birds Still Sing in Hell?: The Incredible True Story of Horace Greasley

By Horace Greasley

Horace 'Jim' Greasley used to be twenty years outdated within the spring of 1939 whilst Adolf Hitler invaded Czechoslovakia and latterly Poland. There were whispers and murmurs of discontent from definite quarters and the British executive started to arrange for the inevitable warfare. After seven weeks education with the 2nd/5th Battalion Leicester, he discovered himself dealing with the may perhaps of the German military in a muddy box south of Cherbourg, in Northern France, with simply thirty rounds of ammunition in his weapon pouch.

Horace's struggle didn't final lengthy. He used to be taken prisoner on twenty fifth might 1940 and compelled to suffer a 10 week march throughout France and Belgium en-route to Holland. Horace survived...barely...

Many of his fellow comrades weren't so lucky. Falling through the aspect of the line via sheer exhaustion and malnourishment intended a bullet throughout the again of the pinnacle and the corpse left to rot. After a 3 day educate trip with out nutrients and water, Horace came upon himself incarcerated in a prison...

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But when you spot they obtain cigarettes from an analogous males a number of days later. ’ The safeguard, Froud, furrowed his forehead. ‘And what does that suggest, precisely? ’ Brecken shrugged his shoulders. ‘It skill they're enjoying at being domestic while cigarettes have been in considerable offer. they try to re-enact their Friday and Saturday nights of their cities and towns in England. they're giving Christmas offers. they don't seem to be giving them away, Froud, they're easily taking part in supply and take… chuffed acquaintances. It’s an act, a charade. ’ ‘Herr Feldwebel, I would…’ The senior guy from the camp held up a hand. ‘Silence. i've got extra vital issues to accommodate than caring approximately Englishmen giving out cigarettes. ’ Brecken slung his rifle onto his shoulder and walked over to Freddie Rogers and David Crump. A Silesian guy used to be begging for a cigarette yet Rogers and Crump have been flatly refusing. ‘Why do you no longer provide this guy the reward of tobacco, prisoner? ’ Brecken requested Freddie Rogers. ‘He isn't really my good friend, sir,’ Rogers answered with out considering for a moment. ‘I haven't noticeable him earlier than. I in basic terms provide cigarettes to my neighbors. ’ The German’s idea that the prisoners have been enjoying out a online game used to be proven. He became to the Silesian. ‘Come, Netzer, include me into the wooded area. i've got a unique project for you. ’ ‘A exact activity? ’ Andrezj Netzer stuttered. a grin crept throughout his face. ‘Yes, sir. at once, sir. ’ The German walked away into the wooded area and the Silesian scuttled after him. Brecken stroked the butt of his rifle as though it have been a small dog. His finger momentarily situated the set off sooner than checking that the security lock have been disengaged. Christmas morning 1944. After one other wonderful break out Horace lay shivering within the edge of the woodland on reflection on the camp. He studied the barrack room and the workers quarters and the window he’d used to such sturdy impact some time past years. every little thing appeared so quiet. Flapper had already changed the bars. Horace watched as chilly, bored and hungry-looking guards handed the window with out even having a look up. He considered the nice and never so solid occasions he’d shared with Flapper and Jock and the remainder of the men napping soundly of their beds, having a look ahead might be to their final Christmas morning below German regulate. He had left the break out until later than ordinary, simply after five. 30, giving lots of disguise of darkness sooner than the sunlight got here up. The assembly with Rose may ensue at 6. 30, kilometres from the camp at the major street out. Rose stood silhouetted within the darkness, a solitary determine stamping her toes sometimes, attempting desperately to beat back the chilly. He watched her for a few minutes as she peered down the line towards the camp. He crept up on her from the woodland and threw his fingers round her. She gave out a bit squeal as he became her round and kissed her. She broke the include quick. ‘Come quick, Father is ready. ’ She took his hand and started to stroll away. Horace made no try to circulate; she was once conscious of the resistance instantly.

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