Features March 2014
Strange figures among the crags
During World War II, Crete had a profound impact on several writers, including Patrick Leigh Fermor
Members of Kreipe Abduction Team: Georgios Tyrakis, William Stanley Moss, Patrick Leigh Fermor, Emmanouil Paterakis, Antonios Papaleonidas | via Wikicommons user Gabriella Bullock
Over the centuries, the mountain caves of Crete have afforded refuge to brigands, sheep-rustlers, anti-Ottoman revolutionaries, and even the infant Zeus, hidden in a cave on Mount Ida to protect him from Cronus, who had a nasty habit of snacking on his own children. But never have these caves been more curiously occupied than in the early 1940s, when they were the haunt of British members of SOE (Special Operations Executive), all trying their best, with their mustachios, island finery, and stabs at dialect, to pass as natives. Like the Philhellenes of Lord Byron’s...
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