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The Ariadne Objective: The Underground War to Rescue Crete from the Nazis

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  • Posted December 13, 2013

    The Ariadne Objective is an excellent addition to the literature

    The Ariadne Objective is an excellent addition to the literature of World War II.  Wes Davis takes us into the events of World War II that occurred on the island of Crete.  It is a little known battlefield between the British and Germans.  It also gives us a look at the role of the Cretans in the guerilla warfare that took place on Crete.  

    This is the story of how British intelligence and in particular John Pendlebury an archaeologist and Patrick Leigh Fermor whom the author follows as a young man in his foot tour of Europe from the Netherlands to Greece before war breaks out.  This trip prepared Fermor for working with the Cretans because he merged himself into the various cultures that he passed through as a young man traveling in Europe.  At least it prepared him for all of the hiking or walking that he would later do in the mountains of Crete.

    It is a story of wanting to hurt the German war effort, but at the same time protect the citizens of Crete, which at times suffered at the hands of the occupiers when the guerrilla forces would strike them in some way.  The British officers working on Crete were accepted and in many cases hidden by the Cretan population.  The story finale builds up to the audacious plan to kidnap a German officer.  

    I would like to have seen a map of Crete in the book so that the reader could trace the routes that the British and Cretan used in the mountains.  It is a very good look at a battle area that most histories of World War II overlook.  It gives a glimpse of the working of the British intelligence service in the war and the unsung heroes of unknown battles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2013

    This is wonderfully written must read for any war or spy aficion

    This is wonderfully written must read for any war or spy aficionado !!!

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