"This amazing story is marvelously well told, in an exuberant, racing style that makes it impossible to lay the book aside once the first page is read."San Francisco Chronicle
Ill Met By Moonlight is the gripping account of the audacious World War II abduction of a German general from the island of Crete. British special forces officers W. Stanley Moss and Patrick Leigh Fermor, together with a small band of Cretan partisans, kidnapped the general, then evaded numerous German checkpoints and patrols for nearly three weeks as they maneuvered across the mountainous island to a rendezvous with the boat that finally whisked them away to Allied headquarters in Cairo.
"It was a mad adventure, and it came off. Moss recorded the whole escapade in a diary, which survives as a thrilling account of one of the most reckless and dramatic actions of the war."Patrick Leigh Fermor
"A twin masterpiece of action and narrative."Spectator
"[An] exciting account of a feat which demanded an extreme of daring and determination."London Times
The 2011 Paul Dry Books edition includes an Afterword by Patrick Leigh Fermor.
W. Stanley Moss was a World War II hero and later a best-selling author. He traveled extensively after the war, notably to Antarctica with a British Antarctic Expedition. Eventually he settled in Kingston, Jamaica. Paul Dry Books also publishes A War of Shadows, Moss's sequel to Ill Met By Moonlighta rousing account of his World War II adventures as an agent in Crete, Macedonia, and the Siamese jungle.
|Publisher:||Dry, Paul Books, Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
W. Stanley Moss: W. Stanley Moss was a war hero and best-selling author in the 1950s. He traveled extensively, notably to Antarctica with a British Antarctic Expedition. Eventually he settled in Kingston, Jamaica, and died aged 44.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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This book really recounts an exceptional hidden story. It details a successful British commando operation into Crete to kidnap the German commander of the feared Sevastopol Division in 1944.I really liked the whole tone of the book. If you have not read it, you are missing a great story told in first person by W. Stanley Moss. The most amazing detail I was struck with was that after they captured General Kriepe, BBC Radio announced that they had done it and that they were still on the island. It took them more eight days to get him off the island and sprint him back to Cairo. The book moves a little slow at parts (after all it was written in 1950) but it is exciting to follow the whole story all the way through to the end. After reading it,I told friends about it and they could not believe it really happened. A group of no more than 15 commandos and partisans were able to capture a commander get him past 15,000 German troops on the Nazi stronghold. A really great World War II story!