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THE KIDNAPPING OF A GERMAN GENERAL

In April 1944 British agents and local Cretan resistance fighters hatched an audacious plan...

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...to kidnap the head the German Army in Crete, General Müller, a man who had earned the nickname “the Butcher of Crete”. However, while the German general left the island before the plot could be enacted, the British decided to continue with the plan and kidnap his successor, General Karl Kreipe, instead.

Posing as German soldiers at a roadblock, SOE officers Major Leigh Fermor and Captain Moss stopped the General’s car and, on demanding to see his driver’s papers, jumped in and commandeered the vehicle.

They initially made it appear that the General was taken off the island by sub, but in reality they took him to the other side of the island where a British motor launch was waiting. 

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