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

by Rick Stroud

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This is the story of how a small SOE unit led by Patrick Leigh Fermor kidnapped a German general on the Nazi-occupied island of Crete in 1944. For thirty-two days, they were chased across the mountains as they headed for the coast and a rendezvous with a Royal Navy launch waiting to spirit the general to Cairo.

Rick Stroud, whose Phantom Army of Alamein won plaudits for its meticulous research and its lightness of touch in the telling, brings these same gifts to bear in this new project. From the adrenalin rush of the kidnapping, to the help provided by the Cretan partisans and people, he explains the overall context of Crete's role in World War Two and reveals the devastating consequences of this mission for them all.

There have been other accounts - notably Ill Met By Moonlight by William Stanley Moss (Leigh Fermor's second in command), which was later made into a Powell and Pressburger film, starring Dirk Bogarde - but Kidnap in Crete is the first book to draw on all the sources, notably those in Crete as well as SOE files and the accounts, letters and private papers of its operatives in London and Edinburgh.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632861948
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 05/05/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 126,546
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Rick Stroud is the author of The Phantom Army of Alamein: The Men Who Hoodwinked Rommel and The Book of the Moon. He is also the author, with Victor Gregg, of Rifleman: A Front Line Life from Alamein and Dresden to the Fall of the Berlin Wall and King's Cross Kid: A London Childhood Between the Wars. He lives in Chelsea, London.
Rick Stroud is a writer and television director who has directed such actors as Pierce Brosnan, John Hurt, Ian Holme, David Suchet, Celia Imrie and Joanna Lumley. Earlier in his career he was the associate producer of Brideshead Revisited. He has won an Emmy and been nominated for a BAFTA. He is the author of The Book of the Moon and The Phantom Army of Alamein: How the Camouflage Unit and Operation Bertram Hoodwinked Rommel, and with Victor Gregg has written Rifleman and King's Cross Kid. He is currently working on a book about the kidnapping by the SOE of General Kreipe from his headquarters on Nazi occupied Crete. He lives in London.

Table of Contents

A Note on Names ix

Maps x

Prologue 1

1 An Island of Heroes 5

2 Defenders of Crete 15

3 Operation Merkur 18

4 The Battle of Crete 25

5 The Next Nine Days 36

6 The Occupation Begins 46

7 Fortress Crete 52

8 Ungentlemanly Warfare 61

9 The Cretan Resistance is Born 67

10 A Terrible Tragedy 79

11 The Italians Change Sides 88

12 Operation Abduction 97

13 The Best Laid Plans … 103

14 First Base 124

15 The Waiting 142

16 The Trap Springs 152

17 Through the Checkpoints 160

18 Radio Silence 171

19 Situation Ugly 181

20 Marooned 196

21 Hide and Seek 204

22 Men of Darkness 214

23 Home Run 226

24 Returning Heroes 232

25 Moss and the Battle of Damastas Bridge 239

26 Aftermath 248

The Kidnap Team 255

Notes 257

Select Bibliography 273

Acknowledgements 277

Index 281

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