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Ill Met by Moonlight by W. Stanley Moss
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Ill Met by Moonlight (edition 1950)

by W. Stanley Moss

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An account by one of the officers who took part in one of the great escapades of World War II. In 1943, W. Stanley Moss and Patrick Leigh-Fermor, both serving with Special Forces in the Middle East, decided on a plan to kidnap General Kreipe, Commander of the Sevastapol Division in Crete, and bring him back to Allied-occupied Cairo. This is the story of their adventures, working with a fearsome band of partisans, as they daringly capture the General in an ambush and struggle to evade pursuing German troops in the mountainous Cretan landscape to reach their rendezvous for evacuation to safety.… (more)
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Ill Met by Moonlight : The Abduction of General Kreipe by W. Stanley Moss

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During WWII British Special Operations Executive (SOE) officers W. Stanley Moss and Patrick Leigh Fermor (later a well-known travel writer) kidnapped German General Heinrich Kreipe on Crete with the help of Cretan Partisans. Moss tells the story from beginning to end with the help of his diary entries made at the time.

Against the odds, General Kreipe was an amiable traveling companion during the three weeks it took the group to evade German search teams and get off the island. He was mostly concerned about his loss of a medal during the kidnap and then his loss of pay and promotion.

Moss gives a detailed account of the trek across Crete to the team’s eventual exfiltration point and of all the help they received along the way from the Cretans. It’s a good, solid war story. ( )
  Hagelstein | Oct 28, 2022 |
Well written memoir by a member of the group. ( )
  lcl999 | May 20, 2022 |
Classic, and surprisingly witty, account of a special operation that resulted in the capture by British special forces of the German commander in Crete. Reprint of an earlier edition, with some additional material providing further context. ( )
  EricCostello | Feb 19, 2022 |
Stirring and jaunty memoir of a famous wartime adventure carried out by British agents in German-occupied Crete. Most memorable is the insouciance and cameraderie of the youthful agents, and the colourful characters and resourcefulness of the Cretans that assist and support them as they move on foot or mule between caves and goatfold hideouts up in the stony mountains. That all their exploits and interactions in the resistance to the harsh occupying forces were purposeful and bore huge risks is downplayed, matching the tenor of this operation itself, the kidnapping of the German commander, designed not to harm but to embarrass the enemy. Moss’s spirited description, taken directly from the day-by-day notes he scribbled down during the operation itself was in progress, is augmented by prologues and notes, giving context, and in Leigh Fermor’s case, the panache of his usual rich and referential prose. ( )
  eglinton | Sep 19, 2021 |
An interesting insight of World War II from a participant's first hand esperience.
  David-Block | Jan 7, 2021 |
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W. Stanley Mossprimary authorall editionscalculated
Fermor, Patrick LeighAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Foot, M.R.D.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moncreiffe, IainPrologue and Epiloguesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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An account by one of the officers who took part in one of the great escapades of World War II. In 1943, W. Stanley Moss and Patrick Leigh-Fermor, both serving with Special Forces in the Middle East, decided on a plan to kidnap General Kreipe, Commander of the Sevastapol Division in Crete, and bring him back to Allied-occupied Cairo. This is the story of their adventures, working with a fearsome band of partisans, as they daringly capture the General in an ambush and struggle to evade pursuing German troops in the mountainous Cretan landscape to reach their rendezvous for evacuation to safety.

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