The Cretan Runner

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The Cretan Runner

The Cretan Runner

His Story of the German Occupation

  • Author: George Psychoundakis
  • Publisher: NYRB Classics
  • ISBN: 1590179048
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 368
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George Psychoundakis was a twenty-one-year-old shepherd from the village of Asi Gonia when the battle of Crete began: "It was in May 1941 that, all of a sudden, high in the sky, we heard the drone of many aeroplanes growing steadily closer." The German parachutists soon outnumbered the British troops who were forced first to retreat, then to evacuate, before Crete fell to the Germans. So began the Cretan Resistance and the young shepherd's career as a wartime runner. In this unique account of the Resistance, Psychoundakis records the daily life of his fellow Cretans, his treacherous journeys on foot from the eastern White Mountains to the western slopes of Mount Ida to transmit messages and transport goods, and his enduring friendships with British officers (like his eventual translator Patrick Leigh Fermor) whose missions he helped to carry out with unflagging courage, energy, and good humor. Includes thirty-two black-and-white photographs and a map.

The Cretan Runner

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The Cretan Runner

The Cretan Runner

His Story of the German Occupation

  • Author: George Psychoundakis,Giōrgos Psychountakēs
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Crete (Greece)
  • Page: 242
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Escape Artist

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Escape Artist

Escape Artist

The Incredible Second World War of Johnny Peck

  • Author: Peter Monteath
  • Publisher: Casemate Publishers
  • ISBN: 1526727544
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 304
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The never-before-told story of World War II escape artist extraordinaire, Johnny Peck.In August 1941, an eighteen-year-old Australian soldier made his first prison break an audacious night-time escape from a German prisoner-of-war camp in Crete. Astoundingly, this was only the first of many escapes.An infantryman in the 2/7 Battalion, Johnny Peck was first thrown into battle against Italian forces in the Western Desert. Campaigns against Hitlers Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe in Greece and Crete followed. When Crete fell to the Germans at the end of May 1941, Peck was trapped on the island with hundreds of other men. On the run, they depended on their wits, the kindness of strangers, and sheer good luck.When Pecks luck ran out, he was taken captive by the Germans, then the Italians. Later, after his release from a Piedmontese jail following the Italian Armistice of 1943, and at immense risk to his own life, Peck devoted himself to helping POWs cross the Alps to safety. Captured once more, Peck was sentenced to death and detained in Milans notorious, Gestapo-run San Vittore prison until escaping again, this time into Switzerland.Historian Peter Monteath reveals the action-packed tale of one young Australian soldier and his remarkable war.

Killing the Enemy

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Killing the Enemy

Killing the Enemy

Assassination Operations During World War II

  • Author: Adam Leong Kok Wey
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN: 0857727710
  • Category: History
  • Page: 272
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During World War II, the British formed a secret division, the 'SOE' or Special Operations Executive, in order to support resistance organisations in occupied Europe. It also engaged in 'targeted killing' - the assassination of enemy political and military leaders. The unit is famous for equipping its agents with tools for use behind enemy lines, such as folding motorbikes, miniature submarines and suicide pills disguised as coat buttons. But its activities are now also gaining attention as a forerunner to today's 'extra-legal' killings of wartime enemies in foreign territory, for example through the use of unmanned drones. Adam Leong's work evaluates the effectiveness of political assassination in wartime using four examples: Heydrich's assassination in Prague (Operation Anthropoid); the daring kidnap of Major General Kreipe in Crete by Patrick Leigh Fermor; the failed attempt to assassinate Rommel, known as Operation Flipper; and the American assassination of General Yamamoto.

Greece, the Decade of War

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Greece, the Decade of War

Greece, the Decade of War

Occupation, Resistance and Civil War

  • Author: David Brewer
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN: 085772732X
  • Category: History
  • Page: 336
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During the 1940s Greece was torn apart twice, first by World War II and second by Civil War.Beginning in 1941, the occupation of Greece by Germany was intensely brutal. Children starved on the streets of Athens. The Jewish population was decimated in the Holocaust. Heroic acts of resistance - performed in concert with the SOE - were met with vicious reprisals. When Greece was finally freed from Nazi rule in 1944, the fractured and embittered nation became engulfed in civil war, as conflict flared between the British and American-sponsored government and communist-led rebels. Acclaimed historian of Greece David Brewer here investigates this tumultuous decade in Greece's modern history, providing a compelling military and political history.

The Emergency Bouzouki Player

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The Emergency Bouzouki Player

The Emergency Bouzouki Player

My two years at war with the South African Army

  • Author: Andrew Brel
  • Publisher: Andrew Brel
  • ISBN: 9780956836410
  • Category: History
  • Page: 330
  • View: 375
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At 18, in 1979, I was unexpectedly conscripted into one of Africa's longest running and bloodiest conflicts, as a rifleman in the Apartheid Army. In my case, conscription was akin to kidnap. I was deeply resentful from the outset and this discontent heightened until, after five days of basic infantry training, I replaced resentful compliance with obstinate, anarchic determination to fight the system, resulting in a rich variety of unusual experiences including:Being court-martialled - Being sent for a week to Bloemfontein's notorious Psychiatric ward 5 - Driving a truck over my foot to become medically reclassified - performing hundreds of shows the length and breadth of South Africa - and telling Prime Minister P.W. Botha that his 'bum stinks'.I spent most of my service period as a guitarist and emergency bouzouki player in the prestigious Entertainment Corps show band, touring the country and the war zone, which provided an unusual first-hand view of a war about which very little has been reported. My personal experiences, snapshots of people and places from a crucial time in the formation of modern South Africa, are interwoven with a broader historical perspective to provide an insight into events which have shaped modern South Africa's current national identity.

The Ariadne Objective

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The Ariadne Objective

The Ariadne Objective

Patrick Leigh Fermor and the Underground War to Rescue Crete from the Nazis

  • Author: Wes Davis
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 1448170656
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 448
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In the bleakest years of the Second World War when it appeared that nothing could slow the advance of the German army, Hitler set his sights on the Mediterranean island of Crete, the ideal staging ground for domination of the Middle East. But German command had not counted on the strength of the Cretan resistance or the eccentric band of British intelligence officers who would stand in their way, conducting audacious sabotage operations in the very shadow of the Nazi occupation force. The Ariadne Objective tells the remarkable story of the secret war on Crete from the perspective of these amateur soldiers who found themselves serving because, as one of them put it, they had made 'the obsolete choice of Greek at school'. John Pendlebury, a swashbuckling archaeologist with a glass eye and a swordstick; Xan Fielding, a writer who would later produce the English translations of books like Bridge on the River Kwai and Planet of the Apes; Sandy Rendel, a future Times reporter, who prided himself on a disguise that left him looking more ragged and fierce than the Cretans he fought alongside; and Patrick Leigh Fermor, the future travel-writing luminary who, as a teenager in the early 1930s, walked across Europe, a continent already beginning to feel the effects of Hitler's rise to power. Having infiltrated occupied Crete, these British gentleman spies teamed with Cretan partisans to carry out a cunning plan to disrupt Nazi manoeuvres, culminating in a daring, high-risk plot to abduct the island’s German commander. In this thrilling and little known episode of Second World War history, Wes Davis paints a brilliant portrait of some extraordinary characters and tells a story of triumph against all the odds.

The Cretan Insurrection of 1866-7-8

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The Cretan Insurrection of 1866-7-8

The Cretan Insurrection of 1866-7-8

  • Author: William James Stillman
  • Publisher: New York, Holt
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Crete (Greece)
  • Page: 203
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The Cretan Refugees and Their American Helpers

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The Cretan Refugees and Their American Helpers

The Cretan Refugees and Their American Helpers

A Statement Addressed to the Contributors for the Relief of Cretan Refugees

  • Author: Samuel Gridley Howe
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Crete (Greece)
  • Page: 64
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Creforce - the Anzacs and the Battle of Crete

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Creforce - the Anzacs and the Battle of Crete

Creforce - the Anzacs and the Battle of Crete

  • Author: Stella Tzobanakis
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780646815763
  • Category:
  • Page: 186
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Creforce - the Anzacs and the Battle of Crete is the dramatic story of the second Anzacs and their role in one of the biggest battles in the military history of Australia, New Zealand and its Allied forces during World War II.The book is written for children 10 and up and explores the real-life `adventures' and misadventures of more than 14,500 young Australian and New Zealand soldiers who were sent to the Greek island of Crete - famous for myths, minotaurs and labyrinths - under the second formation of the Anzac Corps, to help defend it against Nazi Germany. The book includes never-before-told, first-hand accounts of those that lived through the battle, and weaves in the stories of real-life characters including Roald Dahl, the famous British novelist Roald Dahl, Horrie the Wog Dog, the little terrier who became an unofficial mascot, Charles Upham, known as the Lion of Crete, an educated sheep farmer turned valuer from New Zealand who was single-minded, perservering, swore a lot and hated injustice and the people of Crete who have been likened in the book to Ned Kelly for their outlaw-style tactics as part of the Cretan resistance. The most notable Cretan is the Cretan Runner George Psychoundakis, an uneducated, poor, young shepherd who became a decorated war hero for aiding British soldiers including author, scholar Patrick Leigh Fermor who has been described as a cross between Indiana Jones and James Bond.The book is on the Victorian and NSW Premier's Reading Challenge lists. It is only available for purchase at stelitsahome.bigcartel.com