London: John Murray, 2014. [History / Military Intelligence] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (22 x 15cm), pp.xxx; 206; , blank. Illustrated with maps and half-tone plates. Publisher's dark blue cloth with gilt titles to spine, plum-coloured endpapers, photographic dust-wrapper priced at £20. Absolutely fine/as new. Fermor was an Irish Guards officer and war-time hero who played a prominent role behind enemy lines during the Battle of Crete, organising the island's resistance to Nazi occupation, as part of the elite Special Operations Executive, which was the forerunner of the modern secret services formed by Churchill to "set Europe ablaze". His capture of General Kriepe, the German Commander in Crete, was the pinnacle of his military career. He was awarded the DSO and later became Commander of the Order of the Phoenix, bestowed upon him by the Greek government. He was a contemporary and friend of fellow explorer Peter Fleming, and his journalist brother Ian. Fermor is considered one of the greatest 20th century travel writers and, as a man of both action and intellect, was described by the BBC as 'a cross between Indiana Jones, James Bond and Graham Greene.'. Item #54640
Gilbert, Jon; Ian Fleming The Bibliography, p.646.
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