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National Army Museum
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  • Chelsea, London

The Battle of Crete: Defeat and Defiance (Virtual Tour 2/2)

British vehicles pass through a Greek column, 1941

Defeat and Defiance – A Virtual Battlefield Tour

On a moonlit night in April 1944, a band of fearless Greek partisans - led by the SOE agent Patrick Leigh Fermor and his second in command William Stanley Moss - kidnapped a Nazi general outside his own headquarters on the German-occupied island of Crete. The astonishing capture of General Kreipe and his subsequent journey across the barren, rocky island has been the stuff of myth, memoir and film ever since.  

Rick Stroud, author of 'Kidnap in Crete', had unprecedented access to first-hand accounts of the Cretan guerrilla fights, as well as SOE files, private papers, diaries and Leigh Fermor's own account. Tonight, he tells this astonishing true story of bravery and daring by the Cretans in their fight against Hitler and the Nazis. 

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