Radio programme heads up.....

Saturday, 21:00-22:00 on BBC Radio 2


John Hurt narrates the true story of Second World War soldier Victor Gregg, now 92, who poignantly remembers his war.

Tricked into joining the army on the false promise of a cuppa and a bun, Victor experienced some of that war's greatest battles, from the horror of El Alamein to parachuting into Arnhem for the doomed Operation Market Garden. He recalls the moment he first killed a man in hand-to-hand combat and the extraordinary moment an allied soldier was killed and a German soldier returned his possessions to the British lines.

Victor escaped from a prison camp, but was recaptured and imprisoned in Dresden on the night of the firestorm bombings which killed tens of thousands of civilians. Once the fires subsided, he helped clear the dead. Victor's story ends with a moving account of his return to England.

Sounds like some story - has to be well worth a listen



He was on Radio2 on Saturday p.m.

Sounded like a right rum lad, even at 92!

He and another Brit were POWs in Dresden after been captured at Arnhem - when on a work party he replaced soap mix with cement powder in a machine. As he was walking away a German switched on the machine and the factory burnt down.

The 2 of them were awaiting execution for sabotage when the fire bombing of Dresden started. Only Victor survived - he said he survived by walking with his face into the wind and because he was wearing heavy clogs, not thin leather shoes.

It was an honour to hear him recounting his experiences live on the radio. That's next Saturday 2100-2200hrs planned then!