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By Rick Stroud

This can be the tale of ways a small SOE unit led via Patrick Leigh Fermor abducted a German common at the Nazi-occupied island of Crete in 1944. For thirty-two days, they have been chased around the mountains as they headed for the coast and a rendezvous with a Royal military release ready to spirit the final to Cairo.

Rick Stroud, whose Phantom military of Alamein gained plaudits for its meticulous learn and its lightness of contact within the telling, brings those similar presents to endure during this new undertaking. From the adrenalin rush of the abduction, to the assistance supplied via the Cretan partisans and folks, he explains the general context of Crete's function in international struggle II and divulges the devastating effects of this project for them all.

There were different debts, yet Kidnap in Crete is the 1st publication to attract on the entire resources, significantly these in Crete in addition to SOE documents and the bills, letters, and personal papers of its operatives in London and Edinburgh.

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The rail strike began on August 10 at the 17 main rail depots, bringing transport in the city area to a halt. It was the first major strike in Paris since the Occupation began and neither the Germans nor the French Milice were able to break it by force. By the second week of August 1944, it was obvious to the average Parisian that the Germans were abandoning the city. The “grey mice,” the uniformed women of the Wehrmacht, had disappeared, as had most German civilian employees. German offices in the center of the city were burning their files in the courtyards.

Qxd:Layout 1 10/12/07 13:19 Page 31 Ultimately, it was the First Army’s V Corps sent to Paris rather than Patton’s Third Army. The two main units deployed were the US 4th Infantry Division, and Leclerc’s 2e Division Blindée (2e DB). The corps also had the 5th Armored Division and 28th Infantry Division attached at this time but merely on paper: the 28th Division was in a blocking position on the Eure River in XIX Corps’ sector and the 5th Armored Division was on the Seine river in XV Corps’ sector.

50-cal. heavy machine gun. By the end of the day, the two US anti-aircraft battalions in the bridgehead claimed 29 fighters shot down, 13 by the 463rd AAA and 15 by the 456th AAA although Luftwaffe records would suggest a lower total, with 23 aircraft lost on August 22, some of which in areas away from the Mantes bridgehead. A detailed account of this air battle can be found in the French military history journal 39–45 by Bruno Renoult, “Luftwaffe contre Anti-Aircraft: Les combat aériens sur la tête de pont de Mantes-août 1944” in No.

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