Sad German general.

Karl Heinrich Georg Ferdinand Krajpe - German general, abducted during the Second World War by British agents in Crete in April 1944.
He commanded the 209th Infantry Regiment in the 58th Infantry Division during the battle for France. During Operation Barbarossa, as part of Army Group North, he participated in the advance towards Leningrad, for which he was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on October 13, 1941.
In May 1942 he left the front and returned to Germany, where he held some administrative positions. In June and October 1943 he fought again on the Eastern Front, commanded the 79th Infantry Division. March 1, 1944 appointed commander of the 22nd Infantry Division, instead of General Friedrich Wilhelm Muller.

Car Kraipe.
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In the spring of 1944, the Allies developed a plan for the abduction of General Muller, who was notoriously renowned for being a Cretan butcher. Major Patrick Lee Fermor was appointed head of the operation with the help of Captain William Stanley Moss, the Greek Special Operations Agency agents and the Greek partisans of Crete.
While the development plan was going on, Müller left the island, and Kraipe was actually the target of the abduction, but neither the British nor the Germans had any idea who would be abducted.
On the night of April 26, Kraipe left his headquarters in the city of Archanes and went unaccompanied to his well-protected house “Villa Ariadni” (25 km from Heraklion).
Fermor and Moss, dressed in the uniform of the Wehrmacht military police (Feldgandars), were waiting for him at a distance of one kilometer from the villa. Kraipe drove his car to the villa when he was stopped by the police about document checks.
Fermor, when the car stopped, quickly opened the door and, threatening with a pistol, twisted Craipe while Moss sat behind the wheel. A memorial sign was erected near Archanes in honor of this event.
British agents.
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An hour and a half later, after passing through 22 checkpoints, Moss brought the car to Heraklion. According to one version, Fermor fled from the island in a submarine. Moss led his prisoner to the south of the island, trying to avoid meetings with German patrols (Greek partisans tried to distract their attention).
In the mountains in the south of Moss and Kraipe, he took a small boat ML 842 under the command of Brian Coleman.May 14, 1944 they arrived in Egypt. Kraipe was questioned, after which he was sent to a prisoner of war camp in Canada, and then to Wales, where he remained after the war.
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In 1947, Krajpe was released and returned to his homeland. In 1972, on Greek television, General Krajpe met with Moss and Fermor. He died in Northeim on June 14, 1976.
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General Kraype after the abduction.
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