Victor Gregg (15 October 1919 – 12 October 2021) was a British author, columnist and World War II veteran. Gregg joined the armed forces in 1937 fought in North Africa and at the Battle of Arnhem. He survived the bombing of Dresden and after the war worked as a spy. His best known book is Rifleman: A Front Line Life, published in 2011. A prequel, King's Cross Kid, was published in 2013. Both were co-written with Rick Stroud.
October 15, 1919
|Died||October 12, 2021(aged 101)|
|Notable works||Rifleman: A Front Line Life|
King's Cross Kid
Victor James Gregg was born in King’s Cross, London on 15 October 1919, the eldest of three children. He joined the British Army in 1937 signing up for 21 years, firstly joining the Rifle Brigade in India and Palestine at the age of 19, before serving in the Western Desert. Before the Battle of Arnhem, he joined the 10th Battalion, Parachute Regiment. Victor was one of 582 men parachuting into Holland as part of the ill-fated Operation Market Garden. He was taken as a prisoner of war, attempted twice to escape before being sent to work in a soap factory. After sabotaging the factory causing it to burn to the ground, he was sentenced to death in Dresden and only escaped due to Allied bombing in February 1945. Only 36 men survived and returned to the UK, with most being either killed or captured on the ground. The mission itself was later dubbed "A Bridge Too Far". He was discharged from the Army in 1946.
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