This has been a bad week for deaths of ol’ polecats. In addition to Charlie Wilson who, besides that whole Afghanistan thing, was also a skirt-chaser of epic proportion, we lost one Horace Greasley. A British WWII veteran, Greasley holds the unusual record of having escaped from a POW camp more than 200 times … and then breaking back into the camp.
His reason: Greasley was gettin’ some on the side with a local German girl. For five years he regularly snuck out of camp for roll in the hay with his lady-friend and returned under the cover of darkness.
He also talked smack to Heinrich Himmler. From the Telegraph obituary:
His persistence in their love affair was not the only testimony to his daring. A wartime photograph shows Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS, inspecting a prison camp and a shirtless skinny PoW close to the fence confronting him.
The prisoner has been identified as Horace Greasley, who said he did not know who Himmler was at the time, but realised that he was some superior officer. Greasley said that when the photo was taken he was demanding more food for the prisoners, having taken off his shirt to show how thin he was. Rations did not improve as a result.
Cheers to Greasley, who was a polecat until the very end:
Greasley was delighted with the publication of his book and was to have undertaken a return visit to Silesia for a television company this spring, having, he said, been promised the company of “a very attractive 21-year-old female nurse for the entire journey”. He died in his sleep before the offer could be made good.