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Ill Met By Moonlight (CASSELL MILITARY PAPERBACKS) [Paperback]

W. Stanley Moss
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This is a classic account by one of the officers who took part in one of the great escapades of WWII. 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 Sevastopol 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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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell Military (27 Mar 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1780226233
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780226231
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A great adventure story from World War 11, the kidnapping of a German General from occupied Crete by two British officers and Cretan partisans, which was made into a classic film. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The late W. (Billy) Stanley Moss led an adventurous life as a young man before the War, fought with the 8th Army in the desert and then joined the Special Forces serving in Crete with the partisans.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
This book, written by one of the protagonists, concerns the utterly audacious plot by the British to kidnap the German General commanding German forces occupying Crete.
Here is the inside story of one of the greatest adventure stories of the Second World War. Secret landings, contacting the Cretan "andarte", creating a team and researching the movements of their target...It's all here.
Days of "monotony and sweat and thirst and sickening fear...." It's all here. Told with great pace and skill this tells the story of
an exploit that even the Germans admitted to
Read it and be reminded of the great buccaneers
of history. But read it because it is not only a great tale it is also told with an edge of humour.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great adventure 18 Aug 2008
I've read `Ill met by moonlight' many times before - indeed, I possess a first edition - but this Folio edition was purchased as a present for me and very good it is, too.

There is a forward by MRD Foot, plus an afterword by Paddy Leigh Fermor, neither of which appeared in the previous editions, but the prologue and epilogue by Iain Moncreiffe, which were always present, are a delight. The extract from Fermor's letter to him, beautifully written from wartime Crete - "My island home, where the minotaurs roam" is the last word in self-deprecation.

And the story? Well, everybody who's got the slightest drop of red blood in his veins, knows the story - two wartime adventurers, Bill Stanley-Moss and Paddy Leigh Fermor who, as part of SOE's Force 133 were infiltrated into the German occupied island of Crete with but one objective - to kidnap General Kreipe, the commander of the Sevastopol Division and take him to the allies in Cairo. How they achieved this with a handful of Cretan andartes (resistance fighters) is thrilling stuff indeed, which resulted in Fermor being awarded an immediate DSO and Moss, an MC.

Not read it? Read it. Read it before? Read it again - you'll be reminded of the days when Britain was quite rightly referred to as `Great'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book that is much better than the film 17 Jun 2007
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The well known film of the same name is watchable, infact a good WW2 film. With just a touch of James Bond. But this book is much much better. Well written, a super adventure story. which just happens to be true. I enjoyed every page.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really great stuff! 7 Jan 2000
By A Customer
This is the tale of the abduction of General Kriep from Crete in 1944. W Stanley Moss was intrumental in this kidnap. Luckily, he kept a diary of events. What an interesting read this makes! The narrative is broken up from time to time with brief explanatory notes. These are needed to help make sense of the events as they unfold. Altogether I liked this book for its lively style, and for the way the author describes the characters involved, most of whom seem a bit larger than life. I also found the symbiotic wartime relationship between the British and the Cretans to be facinating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great new 2014 edition of the classic story 24 May 2014
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I really enjoy this book. A very interesting new introduction and incorporating an Afterword by Patrick Leigh Fermor. This book precedes his other excellent SOE book, A War of Shadows.
If you have read previous editions, you must read these too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ill Met By Moon light 9 Mar 2014
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A good true story later made into a film.
The book I received was exactly as described, delivered on time and in excellent condition.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading 5 Sep 2013
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I am very interested in Crete during this period and have read Cretan Runner, Fall of Crete by Beevor. etc
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good war story. 7 April 2013
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Having read 'The Cretan Runner' this event gelled very well. A story that I read many years ago and still found it jsut as exciting.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A timeless account of WW2 heroism
Patrick Leigh Fermor was of a breed perfectly suited to commando operations behind enemy lines, of which the successful kidnapping of a Nazi general from occupied Crete was an... Read more
Published 15 months ago by John Sheldon
4.0 out of 5 stars Ill Met by Moonlight
This is a fascinating book about the exploits of Paddy Leigh Fermor in wartime crete. Most enjoyable and well worth reading.
Published 19 months ago by mr m white
5.0 out of 5 stars Faultless and a great price too
Wonderful book in great condition that arrived speedily in time for my holiday in Crete. Tense and exciting true story enhanced by the fact I was on the island whilst reading it.
Published 24 months ago by Getty
5.0 out of 5 stars dunnie
Not much to say, very interesting book,couple of events in the film which I thought would not be true but they did happen. Would reccommend
Published on 26 May 2012 by snowblown
5.0 out of 5 stars iill met by moonlight
If you are an admirer ofPatrick Leigh- Fermor this is informative and exciting reading and makes sense of the film of the same name.
Published on 15 Mar 2012 by susie
5.0 out of 5 stars Ill met by moonlight
A fab book for the hubbies who love good old fashioned writing!!! It has bought me many nights of peace and quiet hehe
Published on 10 Oct 2011 by Mrs. M. D. Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars Some books just hook you straight away.
Only just started this, but as a "grab a few pages here and then" reader I'm hooked. I know the story... well seen the film.... Read more
Published on 19 July 2011 by Mr. Geoffrey C. Brown
2.0 out of 5 stars Shortage of tempests
A short book that should have been shorter. If war is long periods of boredom punctuating by brief moments of intense excitement, this book is convincing, at least on the first... Read more
Published on 21 Nov 2010 by Edward Rogers
4.0 out of 5 stars Great if you like WW2 or are going to Crete
The story of the invasion of Crete and the subsequent resistance action carried out by stranded troops and locals is pretty amazing. Read more
Published on 12 Jan 2010 by SLR Books
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