The incredible eyewitness account of Victor Gregg (audio only)
Published on Feb 7, 2021
In the year 2011, 92-year-old war veteran Victor Gregg tells his own incredible story of WW2.
In 1945, he stayed alive to witness the full horrors of the Allied-ordered napalm attack which roasted to death 25,000 in the German city of Dresden. The former British soldier can still see the Dresden sky filled with floating women and children pulled up into the air by a typhoon of flames. He can still smell the “rotting flesh” in the rubble and recall the young bodies of children burned into "gooey mess of jelly" by the 1,500C heat of the bombing attack. "The whole of the centre of Dresden was one big fire bomb and it was increasing by the minute, you never saw any children, the children were all melted."
He still maintains the British-led bombing raid is a war crime for which those who helped win the war, Winston Churchill included, should have been punished. In the days that followed the attack he worked with Germans to clear the bodies, left lying in the street or incinerated en masse in basements, some of which remained too hot to reach for some weeks.
He maintains the mass killing of women, children and the elderly in Dresden, signed off by the British Prime Minister to pummel the Germans into surrender, was nothing like the Blitz that struck his home city of London. Mr. Gregg said he returned home a “psychopath”, a self-confessed danger to society and all forms of authority that he encountered in the decades afterwards. He was one of a number of “ticking time bombs” of ex-servicemen, long before the term post-traumatic stress disorder was coined or understood.
Mr. Gregg wants future generations to understand what he witnessed. He gives an eyewitness account of the devastating week in February 1945 in a new book, 'Dresden: A Survivor’s Story'. "If I can do any good while I'm still alive, I'll try and do it... whether or not I'm banging my head against a brick wall or not, I don't know." "Maybe, it will influence people if they believe it", he added.
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