This enthralling account of the Resistance in Crete, from the German invasion to the liberation, is by one of its most active Cretan participants. His duties as guide and runner were exhausting and dangerous. They entailed immense journeys on foot, usually at full speed over some of the most precipitous country in Europe, carrying messages between towns and secret wireless stations in the mountains, humping batteries, explosives and arms, or guiding English, Australian or New Zealand stragglers or agents in disguise through heavily garrisoned areas. He was one of a small band, many of whom were captured, tortured and shot by the Germans. Their only incentive was a sense of duty to their country and their allies. All this is described by George Psychoundakis ( who was later awarded a B.E.M. ) with touches of houmor, with a quite extraordinary sense of humanity and with the unselfconscious eye of a natural poet. In his introduction Patrick Leigh Fermor, whose own account of the capture of General Kraipe has never yet been told, gives in vivid tones the background to epic events recountered by his comrade in arms.