In Spring 1944, the Special Operations Executive (SOE) and Greek Andartes led by Major Paddy Leigh Fermor and Captain Billy Moss, undertook one of the most daring operations of the Second World War – the kidnap of General Heinrich Kreipe, Commander 22 Air Landing Division, from the heart of Nazi-occupied Crete.
This heroic endeavour, immortalised in Billy Moss’s best-selling book, Ill Met by Moonlight, subsequently became a major film starring Dirk Bogard.
The Cretan Legacy, a lively and informative evening of panel-led discussion and debate will examine the events leading up to the General’s kidnap, his extraction to Cairo and the bloody aftermath that followed.
The panel, chaired by former Irish Guards Officer and SAS Squadron Commander, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, will include Alan Ogden, a leading authority on SOE operations and author of Sons of Odysseus; Chris White, contributing author to Abducting a General; Rick Stroud, author of Kidnap in Crete and Dr. Klaus Schmider, Senior Lecturer at the Department of War Studies, RMA Sandhurst and expert on Wehrmacht operations in the Second World War.
The panel – with audience participation – will discuss whether “this Hussar Stunt” – as Kreipe referred to his capture – was worth the undertaking in both the short and long term and assess its achievement, legacy and place in the annals of military history.
Tickets, £5.00, can be reserved in store or by emailing [email protected]
Venue: Waterstones Piccadilly