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on 14 May 2017
tremendous immediacy - better than P Leigh Fermor's account
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on 8 September 2013
Awesome book very well written! condition are very very good!!!!
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on 19 December 2001
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
admiring.
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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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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on 25 May 2017
Gives a real feeling of both Cretian life then and the British heroes who hung out there during the war
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on 31 March 2013
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 outstanding example. There is little doubt that this operation could not have been achieved without Paddy's toughness and self sufficiency, proved by his famous pre-war walk from Rotterdam to Istanbul, together with his ability to engage easily with the Cretan partisans whose help was indispensable. The account by his fellow man at arms W S Moss is factual, exciting, and hard to put down. It should be required reading for all students of WW2, and especially those who have discovered Leigh Fermor as a travel writer, acknowledged as one of the twentieth century's greatest.
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on 18 August 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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on 22 July 2016
Really informative diary of the events around this famous WW2 escapade in Crete Having read the Ariadne objective was desperate to read more so this made an ideal follow up to this fascinating piece of history. Personally in awe and intrigued by the capacity for endurance of the Cretans and these English heroes whose dedication to them and the war effort is incredible. A book not without humour but stunningly accurate about the environment this kidnapping took place. Have managed to track down the 1954 film to complete the experience. So delighted this is still availble
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on 7 January 2000
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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on 12 January 2010
The story of the invasion of Crete and the subsequent resistance action carried out by stranded troops and locals is pretty amazing. This book focuses on a particularly daring attempt by British Special Forces to help shorten the war. To be honest, these guys must have had plums the size of watermelons to carry out this action. Style is a bit dated but that is overlooked by the pure thrill of the story.
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