Leaving Kastamonitsa for the kidnap – Chris White talk 19 May

Some of the kidnap gang leaving Kastamonitsa April 1944

Some of the kidnap gang leaving Kastamonitsa April 1944

It is with great pleasure that I am able to release these images sent to me by Abducting a General co-editor, Chris White which show the locations photographed in April 1944 of the team leaving Kastamonitsa in preparation for the kidnap a few days later. Chris has sent me colour pictures taken by him on a recce to Crete just last week of the same locations for comparison.

Chris and his brother Peter are the experts on the kidnap and the route taken before, during and after the kidnap. They edited Paddy’s account which was published last year as Abducting a General: The Kreipe Operation and SOE in Crete, and have spent many months on the ground in Crete over recent years finding new information and making contact with the survivors from the time and the now aged offspring of those directly involved in the Kreipe kidnap and the resistance to the German occupation.

The brothers will be presenting their most up to date findings using newly discovered material from Paddy’s archive at the National Library of Scotland and the Liddell Hart Archive at the next PLF Society event to be held at the Hellenic Centre near Paddington on 19 May. Further details in this link. They make the whole thing come alive so if you want to find out more do please come along one and all. There is plenty of room at the venue.

Buy Abducting a General: The Kreipe Operation and SOE in Crete here.

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4 thoughts on “Leaving Kastamonitsa for the kidnap – Chris White talk 19 May

  1. Pingback: Before and after: Paddy, Ralph Stockbridge and others in Crete | Patrick Leigh Fermor

  2. David Reid

    Sorry I missed your talk.. I was in Greece ! I too have walked down that valley outside Katsomomitza and met some extraordinary people.. Pleas get in touch, I must be more attentive of this site in future.. Best Wishes, David Reid.

    Reply
  3. Daniel Bamford

    Thanks for another interesting update.

    Are there any plans to film this talk or at least make an audio recording?

    Reply

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