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Rogue Male: Sabotage and seduction behind German lines with Geoffrey Gordon-Creed, DSO, MC Paperback – 12 Apr 2012
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'A thrilling tale of slit throats, torture and loud bangs; it is also a story of seduction and illicit sex: quite unlike anything else to emerge from the last war. Definitely a fascinating read.' (Ranulph Fiennes)
'Major Geoff is my type of soldier - the kind of guy you want in your team when you tear up the rule book.' (Chris Ryan)
'Fast-paced... a good dose of humour. It is refreshing to read a book relating to that period that could have been written by a modern soldier with a typical work hard, play hard ethos.' (Sgt Wallace Stephenson, Intelligence Corps, Soldier Magazine)
'Thrilling (and even classic)... parachuted as a saboteur into Greece, where he stayed for over a year, doing heroic mischief against the Nazis, and not exactly improving the morals of the local Greek women. There's no doubting that this is the record of a hero - albeit one in the Flashman mode.' (A.N. Wilson, Reader's Digest)
'Major Geoff is a brave, blithe adventurer in ruthless, resourceful action, as opportunistic and vigorous in the theatre of war as in the bedroom.' (The Times)
'This book is simply cracking. Dirty, dangerous and a lot of fun.' (The Field)
'Former army officer Roger Field pieces together Major Geoff's unpublished journals and letters in this uncut version of World War II. Most riveting of all is the Major's account of the destruction of the Asopos Viaduct in occupied Greece - this is Boy's Own stuff at its best.' (Daily Mail)
'War heroes come in all shapes and sizes, but I've rarely come across any as charismatic as Geoffrey Gordon-Creed... A maverick and prodigious womaniser, it's no surprise to learn he was a friend of Ian Fleming and was reputedly one of the models for James Bond.' (Mail on Sunday)
Cracking stuff and the handsome major is a wonderful subject. (Good Book Guide)
Roger Field has shown great skill as a storyteller....he is able to make his subject's story all the more believable and brave. (Country Life)
A diverting, thrilling, amusing book about a larger-than-life character. (The Chap)
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So I'm surprised that a different title name was not suggested?
That aside I found my self delighted in reading a really absorbing book.
Roger Field has done a good job in bringing these real life WW2 escapades of Geoffrey Gordon-Creed to life.
Don't be fooled by Gordon-Creed's posh sounding name, he is no toffee nosed `popinjay' but a South African hard nut who was, like many, thrust into WW2 and found he had a talent for killing. (Often with a swift blow to the back of the unsuspecting class 3 unfit for frontline duty sentry's head.)
He doesn't relish killing but regards it as a means to an end.
Early days in a tank battalion are really interesting and give a great insight why British tank battalions needed a 3 to 1 advantage in numbers over their vastly superior in terms of equipment German Afrika Corps opponents. Make no mistake this true diary of a guy who actually fought in the war and not a fictionalised account. I found the details Gordon-Creed brings to light absolutely fascinating.
It is when he gets to Occupied Greece that his on the ground detail really enlightens and rewards the reader. My father fought in similar theatres of war and he hinted at the `road blocks' set up by the Greek Communist's with their stolen Italian and German weapons. None of which had actually been used in combat by the Communists. Gordon-Creed is very clear on his views of the various resistance movements and correctly identified the tactics of the Communists who aimed to subjugate the Greeks sought to capture Greece as a Communist Outpost. Many incidents between the pro government and Communist resistance hinted at the subsequent civil war that would cause pain and trouble for poor Greece until 1948.
I found the detail fascinating for example the time and trouble planning to destroy a viaduct or bridge. Where as before I'd imagine it was a case of just turning up, planting the explosives and walking away I now see how naïve I was in those assumptions.
Now a word of warning mention has been made of the sexual content and titillation of the book. Indeed a liking to George McDonald Frasier's Flashman has been mentioned.
Don't be fooled Gordon-Creed is no Flashman and this is an actual edited account of a genuine soldier not a fictional one written for entertainment. (And I know we would all love Flashman to be real!)
Like most generations we regard our own as inventing sex. We cannot imagine our fathers and Mothers actually got up to it but of course we are wrong.
Gordon-Creed is a fit, handsome alpha male brimming with Testosterone so who can forgive him his adulterous moments. They are there not to titillate which they of course do but rather are a true account of what went on.
The book is brimful of anecdotes and information like the generals wife who forced the Alexandrian Brothels to close with the result those cases of VD with the result a 140 percent rise in cases with the subsequent withdrawal of troops for a 6 month cure.
For any one with a love of World war Two as she was actually fought this is a very rewarding and interesting book.
Very easy to read. A def excellent book.
I will not summarise the story save to say that his war experience, actions and manner will divide opinion which in itself is sufficient argument for his story to be told. Unconventional men have a habit of getting up the noses of conventional men so to win both an MC and DSO is an extraordinary achievement. Approve or not of the man the fact remains that this is a fascinating, must read, account of a theatre of war which has been largely eclipsed by SOE operations in France. Yet it was the war in Greece conducted by Gordon-Creed, and a very few other brave people, that kept the Germans so stretched across the whole European theatre that they were never able to concentrate sufficient force to deal with the Normandy landings. He's right up there with Spike Milligan in the downfall of Hitler and there are moments in this book when you will laugh just as much. His interview technique is mind boggling.
Gordon-Creed's is a personal view of war; exciting, frightening, funny, brutal, unapologetic. He doesn't moralise or seek to justify the things he did, he doesn't come across as proud (although the term `cocky' does spring to mind); it is just the way things are when you don't want to be killed yet people are trying to do exactly that to you, all day every day for 15 months.
Roger Field is to be thanked and congratulated for saving a fascinating wartime account which otherwise might have been lost had he not had the imagination to provide an engaging narrative spiced with personal anecdote from his own experience of conflict in the Falklands War. I have never before read a book in this narrative style but once you are with the flow it really works. Without it there is no book.
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