It was a colorful group that the Nazis found to be a thorn in their side. Not only were they devilishly tricky but they really were wreaking different sorts of havoc as they traveled behind enemy lines carrying out guerrilla activities. Take Leigh Fermor for example. As a “student” (really a bum but he was discouraged from citing that as his occupation when traveling. As it turns out “student” provided Fermor with a passport into homes that would otherwise have been off limits), he ventured across Germany on foot on his trip to Istanbul. Along the way he witnessed firsthand the changing atmosphere among Germans brought on by the Nazis. That was eventually put behind Fermor when his journey ended but when war broke out he joined the British military. He wasn’t a very apt soldier at first but advanced the ranks when his eccentric trip was made known. And from there everything is history. He was one of many who would go on to defend Crete from a German invasion in clever and sometime humorous operations.
Before beginning this book I was half-afraid it would be one of those books full of technicalities and strategies, which this reader finds boring. Not so! It was a pleasant surprise to discover a human story as Wes Davis painted the colorless individuals in with very colorful characters! With stories likes this people tend to get lost in the big plans and battles so I consider this a job well done. Mr. Davis brought out the human and at time chivalrous aspects of World War II. And of course there is a massive amount of information brought to light that I had no idea about. When it comes to World War II I tend to concentrate on the ships/shipwrecks and the different types of escapes, but in an effort to widen my reading habits and tastes (not to mention the summary sounded like page turner) I requested this one. So glad that the request was approved.
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