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Gentle Johnny Ramensky The Extraordinary True Story of the Safe Blower Who Became a War Hero by Robert Jeffrey

Gentle Johnny Ramensky The Extraordinary True Story of the Safe Blower Who Became a War Hero


Gentle Johnny Ramensky The Extraordinary True Story of the Safe Blower Who Became a War Hero by Robert Jeffrey

Gentle Johnny Ramensky is the astonishing tale of a boy reared in the poverty of the Gorbals who became one of the world's most extraordinary safe blowers. He spent more than 40 years in jail. A daring escaper, he broke out of Scotland's grim prison fortress of Peterhead five times - three times in one year! A likeable rogue, he was a gentle man who in peacetime shrank from violence. But he served his country with exceptional bravery and skill in the Second World War. Recruited into the Commandos, he was parachuted behind enemy lines to break into the safes of the German High Command to steal vital documents from Rommel and Goering. Back in civvy street he could not resist a return to the excitement of roaming darkened rooftops and breaking open the toughest of safes. Tragically he was behind bars when he died, by then a true Scottish legend.


His life of crime, his escapes and his personal code would ordinarily have brought him a degree of notoriety during his lifetime. But it was his desire to serve his country in its hour of need and his escapades behind enemy lines... that set Ramensky apart. (Daily Record)

About the Author

Robert Jeffrey is a long-serving Glasgow journalist and the former managing editor of the Herald group of newspapers. His many best-sellers include Glasgow's Hard Men, Blood on the Streets, Glasgow's Godfather and Glasgow Crimefighter.

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Publication date

30th June 2011


Robert Jeffrey

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Black and White Publishing


212 pages


True crime



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