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Listen to Patrick Leigh Fermor talk about his capture of General Kreipe - one of the most daring expeditions of the Second World War


Adventurer, war hero and writer, Patrick Leigh Fermor’s life is the stuff of legends.

In this edition of The Oldie Podcast, marking the 80th anniversary of one of the most daring SOE operations of the Second World War, the kidnap of Major General Heinrich Kreipe by the Greek Andartes led by Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor, writer Harry Bucknall and General Sir Michael Jackson, Chief of the General Staff 2003 - 2006, discuss the challenges, achievements and legacy of one of the most notable episodes of World War Two - an escapade of Elizabethan proportion, immortalised by W Stanley “Billy” Moss, Leigh Fermor’s second in command, in his 1950 book, Ill Met by Moonlight which later, was made into a popular film starring Dirk Bogarde.