A map of Crete as drawn by Paddy on operations in Crete

This map was  hand drawn by Paddy, probably whilst on operations in Crete 1943-44, including, perhaps, a self-portrait. The map is from Paddy’s SOE file.

The reverse of the map …

The drawing is typical of Paddy’s style. Compare it with this sketch sent to us by John Stathatos, about which John tells us:

This delightful sketch of himself in Cretan dress was penned at the top of a letter to my mother dated 17th November, 1944; as he explains, “I have been lost again in a forest of whiskers for about three weeks, and my old mountain chums are down in the plains now, looking incredibly wild and shaggy”.

"I have been lost again in a forest of whiskers for about three weeks, and my old mountain chums are down in the plains now, looking incredibly wild and shaggy"

Related article:

Traveller’s Rest by John Stathatos

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5 thoughts on “A map of Crete as drawn by Paddy on operations in Crete

  1. Pingback: Previously unpublished images from the Kreipe kidnap « Patrick Leigh Fermor

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