Kidnap in Crete

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Opis: Kidnap in Crete - Rick Stroud

On a moonlit night in April 1944 a small band of fearless partisans, led by the British SOE agent Patrick Leigh Fermor, kidnapped a high-ranking Nazi general on the German-occupied island of Crete. 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. With unprecedented access to first-hand accounts of the Cretan guerrilla fighters themselves, as well as SOE files, Leigh Fermor's own account and other private papers and diaries, this astonishing true story of daring in the battle against Hitler is told in full for the first time. An exhilarating account of Paddy's hair-raising kidnapping of a Nazi general that was ultimately of dubious strategic value Spectator A rollicking outsider's account, written with great verve and dash, containing much telling new material, some of which is gathered from previously untapped Cretan sources . Examines these matters at length and provides what is probably the fullest, most fluent record of the kidnap yet written, while giving the Cretan partisans a more central role than they have received in any account since that of Psychoundakis William Dalrymple, New Statesman A proper ripping yarn with a great adventure at its heart Daily Express A wonderful book: charming, fascinating . There are few better accounts of this epic desert struggle . A gem of a book and a classic of its kind James Holland, author of The Battle of Britain and Fortress Malta on THE PHANTOM ARMY OF ALAMEIN Told with clarity, humour and precision The Times on THE PHANTOM ARMY OF ALAMEIN A fascinating study of how the most unlikely characters became heroes Independent on Sunday on THE PHANTOM ARMY OF ALAMEIN


Szczegóły: Kidnap in Crete - Rick Stroud

Tytuł: Kidnap in Crete
Autor: Rick Stroud
Producent: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
ISBN: 9781408851753
Rok produkcji: 2014
Ilość stron: 304
Oprawa: Twarda
Waga: 0.62 kg


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Kidnap in Crete

On a moonlit night in April 1944 a small band of fearless partisans, led by the British SOE agent Patrick Leigh Fermor, kidnapped a high-ranking Nazi general on the German-occupied island of Crete. 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. With unprecedented access to first-hand accounts of the Cretan guerrilla fighters themselves, as well as SOE files, Leigh Fermor's own account and other private papers and diaries, this astonishing true story of daring in the battle against Hitler is told in full for the first time. An exhilarating account of Paddy's hair-raising kidnapping of a Nazi general that was ultimately of dubious strategic value Spectator A rollicking outsider's account, written with great verve and dash, containing much telling new material, some of which is gathered from previously untapped Cretan sources . Examines these matters at length and provides what is probably the fullest, most fluent record of the kidnap yet written, while giving the Cretan partisans a more central role than they have received in any account since that of Psychoundakis William Dalrymple, New Statesman A proper ripping yarn with a great adventure at its heart Daily Express A wonderful book: charming, fascinating . There are few better accounts of this epic desert struggle . A gem of a book and a classic of its kind James Holland, author of The Battle of Britain and Fortress Malta on THE PHANTOM ARMY OF ALAMEIN Told with clarity, humour and precision The Times on THE PHANTOM ARMY OF ALAMEIN A fascinating study of how the most unlikely characters became heroes Independent on Sunday on THE PHANTOM ARMY OF ALAMEIN

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