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Ill Met By Moonlight (Cassell Military Paperbacks) [Paperback]

W. Stanley Moss
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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4 Mar. 2004 Cassell Military Paperbacks
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: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New edition edition (4 Mar. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0304352594
  • ISBN-13: 978-0304352593
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.6 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 181,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A great adventure story from World War II, the kidnapping of a German General from occupied Crete by two British officers and Cretan partisans, which was made into a classic film.

About the Author

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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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great adventure 18 Aug. 2008
Format:Hardcover
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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really great stuff! 7 Jan. 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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 Amazing diary of events Wonderful 22 July 2016
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 5 Feb. 2015
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Clear concise writing that captures the described moments brilliantly one almost feels stalked at times by advancing Huns! A real age of heroism in the face of a persistent enemy how sad the world never learns the all to important lessons of War. Do not delay buy and read it!
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By Johnw
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An enjoyable read, very "boys own type of stuff". Interesting to know how our "boys" we're able to survive in that sort of environment and capture a general, move him over the island of Crete and meet a boat to take them to Egypt.
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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MOONSTRUCK! 12 Oct. 2006
Format:Paperback
Courage, mes enfants! We've travelled this road before. But if there are any raw recruits in the ranks, let me reassure them from the outset that once the title's been tackled (a clumsy Shakespearean reference), we're over the worst of it. Because the rest of the book is a rollicking read from start to finish, dealing as it does with the true story of the kidnap during WWII of the German General Kreipe by a group of Cretan partisans under the leadership of two British commandos, William Stanley Moss, our narrator, and Patrick Leigh-Fermor, who is widely believed to have been the blueprint upon which Ian Fleming based his James Bond character.

Ill Met By Moonlight is better known as a film in which the young Dirk Bogarde defeats the Wehrmacht with a withering glance which predates Roger Moore's raised eyebrow by ten years or more. By way of contrast, though W. Stanley Moss and Paddy Leigh-Fermor are tough as old boots and utterly fearless. Even so they leave us with the distinct impression that they bring to their particular field of irregular martial endeavour the benefits of a liberal education - which makes a very pleasant change from reading about SAS hooligans, the sum total of whose emotions might be tattooed in their entirety (all eight letters of them!) on the knuckles of each hand. Similarly, there is in Moonlight a sort of bubbly undercurrent which suggests that, though these two young men are at present totally immersed in WWII, this is not what they are really and truly about. What they really want to be doing is getting on with their lives and doing whatever it is that young men want to be doing. (Nowadays they'd be taking a year out and bumming around Oz perhaps.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
IF FAMILIAR WITH THE TERRAIN THEN ONE CAN REALLY APPRECIATE THE DIFFICULTY OF THE ACHIEVMENT
Published 5 months ago by MR PETER B YELLAND
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very good film
Published 6 months ago by Jean Holt
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, speedily delivered
Excellent book, speedily delivered, and a good price. Glad to to be able to get it, as we've just been on holiday to Crete and this is about the amazing wartime 'derring do' there. Read more
Published 7 months ago by E L WARD
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A good read
Published 8 months ago by Cecil
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Interesting and factual read. Film was better
Published 10 months ago by charles davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
For anyone who wonders what it would have been like to be there. Warm and easy to read yet describing life on a knife's edge.
Published 11 months ago by Philip
2.0 out of 5 stars Having read a great deal about Crete and the kidnapping of General...
Having read a great deal about Crete and the kidnapping of General Kriepe I was disappointed. Principally it is badly written, and his point of view does not have much to add to... Read more
Published 11 months ago by kate coleridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Damn good.
Something a little different from the usual WWII stories told in a very matter of fact but light hearted manner. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Pete C
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Terrific yarn
Published 12 months ago by Roscoe
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
nice story
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