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.
Ivan William 'Billy' Stanley Moss was a British army officer in the Second World War, and later a successful writer, broadcaster, journalist and traveller. He served with the Coldstream Guards and the Special Operations Executive (SOE). His and Patrick Leigh Fermor's activities as agents in Crete are recounted in his bestselling book ILL MET BY MOONLIGHT, first published in 1950 and later adapted as a film directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.