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Kidnap in Crete : the true story of the abduction of a Nazi general
Kidnap in Crete : the true story of the abduction of a Nazi general
Stroud, Rick2014
In 1941 the German army invaded the strategically important Mediterranean island with the largest airborne force in history. The years of Nazi occupation that followed saw mass executions, widespread starvation and the brutal destruction of homes but amid the horror, the Cretan resistance, the Andartes, with the support of a handful of British SOE agents, fought on heroically. In Cairo, Patrick Leigh Fermor came up with a plan to avenge the islanders' suffering. Under cover of darkness on 4 February 1944, he parachuted onto Crete's deserted Mount Dikti in preparation for his secret and high-risk mission. This is the story of the abduction of General Kreipe by Leigh Fermor, his second-in-command William Stanley Moss and their tight-knit group of partisans; of the midnight ambush of the general's car and the perilous drive through the garrison town of Heraklion and twenty-two heavily guarded roadblocks; of their epic, dangerous journey on foot and mule across rocky peaks, hiding from their German pursuers in mountain caves and ditches, towards the coast where a Royal Navy launch was waiting to spirit the general to Egypt. But success came at a price for the islanders left behind: German reprisals were swift, unsparing and devastating.
Stroud, Rick, author
London : Bloomsbury, 2014.London Bloomsbury, 2014.©2014
288 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 23 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Machine generated contents note: 1.An Island of Heroes -- 2.Defenders of Crete -- 3.Operation Merkur -- 4.The Battle of Crete -- 5.The Next Nine Days -- 6.The Occupation Begins -- 7.Fortress Crete -- 8.Ungentlemanly Warfare -- 9.The Cretan Resistance is Born -- 10.A Terrible Tragedy -- 11.The Italians Change Sides -- 12.Operation Abduction -- 13.The Best Laid Plans ... -- 14.First Base -- 15.The Waiting -- 16.The Trap Springs -- 17.Through the Checkpoints -- 18.Radio Silence -- 19.Situation Ugly -- 20.Marooned -- 21.Hide and Seek -- 22.Men of Darkness -- 23.Home Run -- 24.Returning Heroes -- 25.Moss and the Battle of Damastas Bridge -- 26.Aftermath.
9781408851753 (hardback)
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