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The Cretan Runner

The Cretan Runner

His story of the German Occupation

  • Author: George Psychoundakis
  • Publisher: New York Review of Books
  • ISBN: 1590179056
  • 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.

A History of Crete

A History of Crete

  • Author: Chris Moorey
  • Publisher: Haus Publishing
  • ISBN: 1912208547
  • Category: History
  • Page: 312
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Known by the Greeks as ‘Megalónisos,’ or the ‘Great Island,’ the island of Crete has a long and varied history. Steeped in historical and cultural heritage, Crete is the most visited of the Greek islands. It has also been of paramount strategic importance for thousands of years, thanks to its location close to the junction of three continents and at the heart of the eastern Mediterranean Sea. For much of its long history, the island has been ruled by foreign invaders. Under the rule of the Mycenaeans, Dorians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Venetians, Ottoman Turks and, briefly, the Third Reich, Cretans, who are fierce lovers of freedom, have adapted to living with their conquerors and to the influence of foreign rule on their culture. In a dazzling contrast to these three thousand years of domination, we see two periods of the island’s independence: the vibrant apogee of the Minoan civilization and the brief period of autonomy before union with Greece at the beginning of the twentieth century. To guide us through this spectacular history, Chris Moorey, who has lived in Crete for over twenty years, provides an engaging and lively account of the island spanning from the Stone Age to the present day. A History of Crete steps in to fill a gap in scholarship on this fascinating island, providing the first complete history of Crete to be published for over twenty years, and the first ever that is written with a wide readership in mind.

The Nazi Occupation of Crete, 1941-1945

The Nazi Occupation of Crete, 1941-1945

  • Author: G. C. Kiriakopoulos
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 9780275952778
  • Category: History
  • Page: 248
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A dramatic tale of the Cretan resistance to the Nazi occupation during World War II.

Killing the Enemy

Killing the Enemy

Assassination Operations During World War II

  • Author: Adam Leong Kok Wey
  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris
  • ISBN: 0857729705
  • Category: Political Science
  • 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.

The Rough Guide to Crete

The Rough Guide to Crete

  • Author: Geoff Garvey,John Fisher
  • Publisher: Rough Guides UK
  • ISBN: 1409332209
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 384
  • View: 906
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With The Rough Guide to Crete discover the highlights of one of the most beautiful and hospitable islands, with stunning photography, detailed, colour-coded maps, suggested itineraries and more listings and reviews than ever before. You'll find detailed practical advice on the best places to stay, eat and drink, accounts of all the best hikes and outdoor activities, lively reviews of the island's laid-back coastal resorts and full, expert accounts of the ancient archaeological sites. The Rough Guide to Crete will be your trusted companion in helping you explore this multifaceted island. Make the most of your time with The Rough Guide to Crete. Now available in ePub format.

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 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
  • View: 1941
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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 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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The Cross Beneath the Ring

The Cross Beneath the Ring

And Other Poems

  • Author: Edward Felix Mendelssohn Benecke
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
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  • Page: 93
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