Colin Anson was born in Berlin in 1922 as Claus Ascher. His father Curt Ascher was murdered in the Dachau concentration camp in 1937 for speaking out against the Nazi regime.
With his life in danger, Colin escaped to safety in Britain, where he joined the British army. He became a Commando, training with 3-Troop, the only German-speaking Commando unit in the Army.
Colin took part in the invasions of Italy and Sicily in 1943, surviving a near-fatal head wound.
He lives in Hertfordshire with his wife Alice.