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The Cretan Runner

Author : George Psychoundakis
ISBN : 9781590179048
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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George Psychoundakis was a twenty-one-year-old shepherd from the village of Asi Gonia when the battle of Crete began: "It was in May 1941 that, all of a sudden, high in the sky, we heard the drone of many aeroplanes growing steadily closer." The German parachutists soon outnumbered the British troops who were forced first to retreat, then to evacuate, before Crete fell to the Germans. So began the Cretan Resistance and the young shepherd's career as a wartime runner. In this unique account of the Resistance, Psychoundakis records the daily life of his fellow Cretans, his treacherous journeys on foot from the eastern White Mountains to the western slopes of Mount Ida to transmit messages and transport goods, and his enduring friendships with British officers (like his eventual translator Patrick Leigh Fermor) whose missions he helped to carry out with unflagging courage, energy, and good humor. Includes thirty-two black-and-white photographs and a map.

The Cretan Runner

Author : George Psychoundakis
ISBN : WISC:89050893783
Genre : Crete (Greece)
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Escape Artist

Author : Peter Monteath
ISBN : 9781526727541
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The never-before-told story of World War II escape artist extraordinaire, Johnny Peck.In August 1941, an eighteen-year-old Australian soldier made his first prison break an audacious night-time escape from a German prisoner-of-war camp in Crete. Astoundingly, this was only the first of many escapes.An infantryman in the 2/7 Battalion, Johnny Peck was first thrown into battle against Italian forces in the Western Desert. Campaigns against Hitlers Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe in Greece and Crete followed. When Crete fell to the Germans at the end of May 1941, Peck was trapped on the island with hundreds of other men. On the run, they depended on their wits, the kindness of strangers, and sheer good luck.When Pecks luck ran out, he was taken captive by the Germans, then the Italians. Later, after his release from a Piedmontese jail following the Italian Armistice of 1943, and at immense risk to his own life, Peck devoted himself to helping POWs cross the Alps to safety. Captured once more, Peck was sentenced to death and detained in Milans notorious, Gestapo-run San Vittore prison until escaping again, this time into Switzerland.Historian Peter Monteath reveals the action-packed tale of one young Australian soldier and his remarkable war.

The Rough Guide To Crete

Author : Rough Guides
ISBN : 9780241279489
Genre : Travel
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The Rough Guide to Crete is the ultimate guide to one of the most beautiful and hospitable islands of Greece. With stunning photography, detailed maps, suggested itineraries, and more listings and reviews than ever before, this guide will help you discover the highlights of this beautiful island. You'll find detailed practical advice on the best places to stay, eat, and drink, accounts of all the best hikes and outdoor activities, lively reviews of the island's laid-back coastal resorts, and full, expert accounts of the ancient archaeological sites. The Rough Guide to Crete will be your trusted companion in helping you explore this multifaceted island. Make the most of your time with The Rough Guide to Crete.

The Rough Guide To Crete

Author : John Fisher
ISBN : 9781405387477
Genre : Travel
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The Rough Guide to Crete is the essential travel companion to the largest and most diverse of the Greek islands with detailed coverage of all the top attractions. From the bustling modern city of Ir�klion to the laid-back beaches of Paleoh�ra, discover Crete's highlights inspired by dozens of colour photos. Rely on practical advice on travelling around the island and up-to-date descriptions of the best hotels, bars, clubs, shops, restaurants and resorts for all budgets. The Rough Guide to Crete includes insider guidance on a host of local activities including wine-tasting in rustic villages, where to find the best Venetian fortifications and exploring the fertile valleys and breathtaking Samari� and �mbros gorges. You'll find colour sections on the mountainous regions and coastal areas as well as a handy language section. Explore every corner of this captivating island with clear maps and expert background on everything from the country's distinctive traditions, music and wildlife to its long heritage as the seat of European civilisation. Make the most of your holiday with The Rough Guide to Crete.

The Emergency Bouzouki Player

Author : Andrew Brel
ISBN : 0956836410
Genre : History
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At 18, in 1979, I was unexpectedly conscripted into one of Africa's longest running and bloodiest conflicts, as a rifleman in the Apartheid Army. In my case, conscription was akin to kidnap. I was deeply resentful from the outset and this discontent heightened until, after five days of basic infantry training, I replaced resentful compliance with obstinate, anarchic determination to fight the system, resulting in a rich variety of unusual experiences including:Being court-martialled - Being sent for a week to Bloemfontein's notorious Psychiatric ward 5 - Driving a truck over my foot to become medically reclassified - performing hundreds of shows the length and breadth of South Africa - and telling Prime Minister P.W. Botha that his 'bum stinks'.I spent most of my service period as a guitarist and emergency bouzouki player in the prestigious Entertainment Corps show band, touring the country and the war zone, which provided an unusual first-hand view of a war about which very little has been reported. My personal experiences, snapshots of people and places from a crucial time in the formation of modern South Africa, are interwoven with a broader historical perspective to provide an insight into events which have shaped modern South Africa's current national identity.

The Ariadne Objective

Author : Wes Davis
ISBN : 9781448170654
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In the bleakest years of the Second World War when it appeared that nothing could slow the advance of the German army, Hitler set his sights on the Mediterranean island of Crete, the ideal staging ground for domination of the Middle East. But German command had not counted on the strength of the Cretan resistance or the eccentric band of British intelligence officers who would stand in their way, conducting audacious sabotage operations in the very shadow of the Nazi occupation force. The Ariadne Objective tells the remarkable story of the secret war on Crete from the perspective of these amateur soldiers who found themselves serving because, as one of them put it, they had made 'the obsolete choice of Greek at school'. John Pendlebury, a swashbuckling archaeologist with a glass eye and a swordstick; Xan Fielding, a writer who would later produce the English translations of books like Bridge on the River Kwai and Planet of the Apes; Sandy Rendel, a future Times reporter, who prided himself on a disguise that left him looking more ragged and fierce than the Cretans he fought alongside; and Patrick Leigh Fermor, the future travel-writing luminary who, as a teenager in the early 1930s, walked across Europe, a continent already beginning to feel the effects of Hitler's rise to power. Having infiltrated occupied Crete, these British gentleman spies teamed with Cretan partisans to carry out a cunning plan to disrupt Nazi manoeuvres, culminating in a daring, high-risk plot to abduct the island’s German commander. In this thrilling and little known episode of Second World War history, Wes Davis paints a brilliant portrait of some extraordinary characters and tells a story of triumph against all the odds.

The Cretan Insurrection Of 1866 7 8

Author : William James Stillman
ISBN : HARVARD:32044055001531
Genre : Crete (Greece)
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The Cretan Refugees And Their American Helpers

Author : Samuel Gridley Howe
ISBN : STANFORD:36105038784398
Genre : Crete (Greece)
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Creforce The Anzacs And The Battle Of Crete

Author : Stella Tzobanakis
ISBN : 0646815768
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Creforce - the Anzacs and the Battle of Crete is the dramatic story of the second Anzacs and their role in one of the biggest battles in the military history of Australia, New Zealand and its Allied forces during World War II.The book is written for children 10 and up and explores the real-life `adventures' and misadventures of more than 14,500 young Australian and New Zealand soldiers who were sent to the Greek island of Crete - famous for myths, minotaurs and labyrinths - under the second formation of the Anzac Corps, to help defend it against Nazi Germany. The book includes never-before-told, first-hand accounts of those that lived through the battle, and weaves in the stories of real-life characters including Roald Dahl, the famous British novelist Roald Dahl, Horrie the Wog Dog, the little terrier who became an unofficial mascot, Charles Upham, known as the Lion of Crete, an educated sheep farmer turned valuer from New Zealand who was single-minded, perservering, swore a lot and hated injustice and the people of Crete who have been likened in the book to Ned Kelly for their outlaw-style tactics as part of the Cretan resistance. The most notable Cretan is the Cretan Runner George Psychoundakis, an uneducated, poor, young shepherd who became a decorated war hero for aiding British soldiers including author, scholar Patrick Leigh Fermor who has been described as a cross between Indiana Jones and James Bond.The book is on the Victorian and NSW Premier's Reading Challenge lists. It is only available for purchase at stelitsahome.bigcartel.com

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