Abducting a General
Patrick Leigh Fermor, who was at King's from 1929 to 1931, would have been a hundred years old on 11 February 2015.
His own account of the dramatic kidnapping of General Kreipe on Crete in 1944 was written in 1966-7, but only published in very abbreviated form in Purnell's History of the Second World War. It now has been published in full alongside Leigh Fermor's intelligence reports.
The best known account of this incident was William Stanley Moss's Ill Met by Moonlight, made into a film by OKS Michael Powell, with Dirk Bogarde playing Leigh Fermor.
The Patrick Leigh Fermor Society was formed in December 2014. For details, see: Patrick Leigh Fermor Society.