Few escapades of the Second World War have captured the public's imagination more than the successful abduction of German General Kreipe from enemy-occupied Crete in 1944. It was an operation instigated and daringly executed by two British SOE officers - Patrick Leigh Fermor and William (Billy) Stanley Moss. The war didn't stop for Billy Moss after this operation though, and it is his continuing story that is told here. He reflects movingly on what it means to fight and deal in death, how the success of operations behind enemy lines in a foreign country is dependent on the goodwill of local inhabitants, and, surprisingly, on moments of high humour that punctuate the turmoil of war. War of Shadows is a book in three parts - each displaying differing aspects of World War II and its eventual conclusion, and all told with that tell-tale blend of poignancy and humour so characteristic of the time.
"Billy Moss was one of those daring adventurers, the like of which we no longer see. His first book, Ill Met by Moonlight, about the kidnapping of General Kreipe, became a celebrated film. This book, reissued after 52 years, tells of his further exploits in Crete, Macedonia and Siam - the story of a man of initiative and great courage." - Hugo Vickers
Just before the war, an 18 year old Billy Moss was living in a log cabin on the Latvian coast. On returning to England he was commissioned into the Coldstream Guards, and then fought with his regiment in North Africa before being seconded to SOE to operate behind enemy lines in Crete, Macedonia and Siam (Thailand). After the war he became a writer, broadcaster and journalist travelling around the world - especially Antarctica and the Pacific. He died in 1965 and two daughters from his marriage to Countess Zofia Tarnowska survive him.
1. OUT OF THE FOG 2. MEDITERRANEANâ��JUNE, 1944 3. MACEDONIAâ��SEPTEMBER, 1944 4. ENTR'ACTE 5. SIAMâ��MAY, 1945 6. "HOME FOR CHRISTMAS"