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Ill Met By Moonlight (CASSELL MILITARY PAPERBACKS) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

W. Stanley Moss
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This is a classic account by one of the officers who took part in one of the great escapades of WWII. In 1943 W. Stanley Moss and Patrick Leigh-Fermor, both serving with Special Forces in the Middle East, decided on a plan to kidnap General Kreipe, Commander of the Sevastopol Division in Crete, and bring him back to Allied occupied Cairo. This is the story of their adventures, working with a fearsome band of partisans, as they daringly capture the General in an ambush and struggle to evade pursuing German troops in the mountainous Cretan landscape to reach their rendezvous for evacuation to safety.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 192 pages
  • Editeur : Phoenix (27 mars 2014)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00IORP772
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Ill Met by Moonlight 14 février 2013
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Je connaissais deja le livre. Je voulais en faire cadeau a un ami. C'est un livre passionant, une histoire vraie, qui se passait en
Chypre pendant la deuxieme guerre mondiale, une histoire d'audace, de courage, plein d'humour aussi. Je le recommanderais a tous mes amis.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Gentleman at War 26 février 2006
Par krebsman - Publié sur
W. Stanley Moss's World War II memoir, ILL MET BY MOONLIGHT is an exciting, thoughtful and surprisingly beautiful book. Most of it is taken directly from Moss's diary during a campaign in which he, Patrick Leigh-Fermor (Paddy) and a small band of Cretans kidnap the Nazi General Kreipe and abduct him to British-occupied Egypt. A great deal of the book tells of hiding in caves and slogging up and down mountains. But what made this story especially interesting for me was the character of the men involved. Moss and Leigh-Fermor are extraordinary young men who speak several languages fluently (Paddy passes as a German among Germans). They are athletic and have strategic and intellectual minds. But Moss basically comes across as unexpectedly humble and rather sweet. Here's a short passage from Moss's diary written on the morning of the day of the abduction. He and his comrades have just spent the night in a cave.

"Paddy and I spent the morning reading short stories aloud to each other-this because we have only one book left between the two of us. Stevenson's Markheim, King Arthur and the Green Knight, Saki's wonderful The was all rather fun. Then Paddy recited snippets from Shakespeare in German, at which he is adept; and we talked of mythology and lore and wondered if General Kreipe would look anything like Erich von Stroheim. Minotaurs, bull-men, nymphs of Ariadne, kings of Minos, and German generals-a splendid cocktail!"

They are civilized men engaged in that most uncivilized act of all. There is violence in this book. Then there's the terrible (and uncommented upon) knowledge that the blow on the head that Moss gave to the General's chauffeur during the abduction later caused his death. Moss is not unaware of this. That knowledge colors what he has written.

Moss was a fine writer. He manages to make the book suspenseful even though one knows at the outset that the mission was successful. The book is also poetic with sensual descriptions of the sights, sounds and smells of Crete. His character sketches of the Cretans, the escaped Russian POWs, and especially of General Kreipe are exceptionally vivid. The portrait of Kreipe, once-powerful, but now a prisoner, as he silently assesses his life and career and questions choices he has made is really fascinating. Moss feels compassion for the mental anguish the general is going through. The contrast between the Cretans' reaction to the Germans and to the Allies is really well done, as General Kreipe is amazed to see what mutual respect that the Allies and the Cretans have for each other. The Germans had only contempt for the Cretans. Moss's book is a paean to what the Allies were fighting for. I had a lump in my throat at the end.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 You won't put it down once you start. 23 décembre 2002
Par Charles Hall - Publié sur
This book is a really fun read. It's all a bit mysterious, but it tells a classic tale of the British upper class at war. It's kind of a cross between "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Guns of Navarone", but with a lot less violence. Exactly what organization the author works for, and what context it all takes place in is lacking. But the chase across Crete and the author's insights into the locals kept me glued to my chair reading until I had read from front to back. See also the 1957 movie of the same name with Dirk Bogarde. For another book in the same vein find a copy of F.S. Chapman's "The Jungle is Neutral". Another WW2 "way behind the lines" story, this time in Malaya.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Not As Gripping a Tale As One Might Think 29 avril 1999
Par A. Ross - Publié sur
This is the first-hand account by a British commando of the kidnapping of a German general on the island of Crete in the Spring of 1944, and his removal to Egypt. The book is taken almost verbatim from the diary he kept during the course of the five-week operation, with occasional notes added by the author. What sounds like the stuff of movies, turns out to be rather tame in the telling. The bulk of the book describes the trekking hither and yon of two British officers and their various partisans allies, without whose aid the operation would never had succeeded. The main tension comes after the General is captured, as the group has to evade the German search parties and make it to the coast for a nighttime pickup. Aside from an inside look at how such operations actually work, the book's main value comes from Moss' descriptions of Crete and its people. Moss has some nice turns of phrase, too: "Only John Katsias, that suave killer, remained serene and unperturbed, leaning against the boatrail and looking like a very tired aristocrat who has tried and found wanting every physical and emotional stimulus."
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 MOONSTRUCK! 23 décembre 2006
Par Bill Keeth - Publié sur
'Courage, mes braves!' We've travelled this road before. But if there are any new recruits in the ranks, let me reassure them from the outset that once the title's been tackled (a clumsy Shakespearean reference), we're over the worst of it. Because the rest of this book is a rollicking read from start to finish, dealing as it does with the true story of the kidnap during WWII of the German General Kreipe by a group of Cretan partisans under the leadership of two British commandos, William Stanley Moss, our narrator, and Patrick Leigh-Fermor - widely believed to be the blueprint upon which Ian Fleming based his James Bond character.

ILL MET BY MOONLIGHT is better known as a film in which the young Dirk Bogarde defeats the Wehrmacht with a withering glance that predated Roger Moore's raised eyebrow by twenty years or more. By way of contrast, though, W. Stanley Moss and Paddy Leigh-Fermor are tough as old boots and utterly fearless. But even so, they leave us with the distinct impression that they bring to their particular field of irregular martial endeavour the benefits of a liberal education - which makes a very refreshing change from reading about SAS hooligans, the sum total of whose emotions might be tattooed in their entirety (all eight letters of them!) on the knuckles of each hand. Similarly, there is in MOONLIGHT a sort of bubbly undercurrent which suggests that, though these two young men are at present totally immersed in WWII, this is not what they are really and truly about. What they really want to be doing is getting on with their lives and doing whatever it is that young men want to be doing. (Nowadays they'd be taking a year out and bumming around Oz perhaps.)

There are, be it noted, some absolutely mind-boggling statistics attached to this tale of German deviltry and British derring-do. In the film version one of the characters comes by water, the other by air; whereas in real life the one who comes by air has to make as many as fourteen sorties before encountering weather conditions suitable to a parachute jump. Then, with General Kreipe their prisoner at last, our heroes drive unscathed, albeit at a fair lick, through as many as 37 German checkpoints assisted by just two words of German, authoritatively spoken. (`General Wagen!' is the password that is repeatedly proclaimed thus.) And, with the sounds of battle raging all around them, there is just one killing in the entire story: that of the General's driver, unwisely left to the undisciplined attentions of the partisans - with whom our boys are very far from pleased when they get to hear of it.

General Kreipe's capture may well have saved the man's life. Because his superior officer, General Mueller, was sentenced to death and shot when hostilities ceased. There is, too, a very moving part of the story where the General expresses his regret that his capture bodes ill for his extended family for whom, risen above his station in life, he has been the breadwinner. And there is humour not less than crazy when the BBC World Service boasts about the kidnapping on air, blithely broadcasting the fact that our heroes will presently be leaving the island, which quite naturally results in re-doubled efforts to capture them on the part of their German pursuers - and when, with Moss and Leigh-Fermor, needing just two letters of Morse code with which to signal a British submarine and so effect their escape, they find they know only one of those letters between them, which necessitates their having to hang about on the beach until another party of Allied interlopers just happens to turn up and makes good the deficit.

So in a kind of a way ILL MET BY MOONLIGHT is reminiscent of the Peter Cook/Dudley Moore sketch that begins: `The war's going badly, Carruthers - what we need is a futile gesture!' Yet, in another sense it's much more unsettling. Because a moment's reflection on the contrasting fates of Generals Kreipe and Mueller would tend to suggest that the real purpose of this madcap mission (the hidden agenda, as it were) is not to deprive General Kreipe of his freedom (welcome bonus though this may well have been), but rather is it to goad the Germans into visiting stern reprisals upon the populace which will so alienate the islanders that they will not hesitate to throw themselves with renewed vigour into guerrilla activity in support of the Allied war effort.

`C'est la guerre, mes braves!' And it is only the thought of this highly probable (and horrendous) hidden agenda that prevents me from adding: `Et c'est magnifique!' So permit me instead to praise to high heaven two heroes without parallel and (with the exception of the title) a thoroughly rewarding read.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Entertaining account of a unique British Commando raid 21 mai 2002
Par David W. Nicholas - Publié sur
Stanley Moss must have been an interesting man. He obviously was an erudite individual, in that he was able to write this marvelous book, in spite of not being an author or anything like that. He was instead a soldier, a wartime one who had an office job before the war, but left to try and kill Germans, and win the war for the Allies. This book covers his account of his attempt (with one other British officer and a band of local partisans) to capture the commander of a German division in Crete, and spirit him back to Egypt via torpedo boat.
The book is very British. There's a marvelous sense of the British civilian upper class at war, bunglingly incompetent but amazingly brave, and very good-hearted. The bungling is strange in that the author clearly was an effective soldier (an afterward by Moss's partner, Leigh-Fermor, in my addition tells how Moss led a partisan detachment that killed 75 or so Germans several months after the events in the book) but he manages to convey that he's not very good at this war stuff. In one scene, he lets one of the Partisans examine his submachinegun ,and is then nervous because "I never know which buttons on these things to push" and sweats until the gun is given back to him. There's marvelous banter, slang, and nicknames (one of the Cretan partisans is called "Wallace Beery" because of his supposed resemblance to that actor) and even the torpedo boat captain is colorful, as he should be.
I was impressed with this book. The plot moves right along, doesn't get bogged down with too many details, doesn't try to portray what was done in a particularly brave or skilful way, just tells you the results, I would recommend it highly.
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