Night Ambush (1957) - Plot Summary Poster



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  • Based on the true story of how, during World War II, a gang of desparadoes (British officers enlisted for "hostilities only" and local partisans) went to the occupied island of Crete and kidnapped a German General from under the nose of his army. That was the easy bit !!! They then had to get him back to Cairo, dodging an intense air and land search.

  • 1944 on Nazi-occupied Crete. The Nazis truly believe that the Cretans are indeed cretins. As such, many of the Cretans work alongside some of the few native English for the resistance against their Nazi oppressors. One of those English is Major Patrick Fermor. Along with Captain W. Stanley Moss, who he recruits from the British forces stationed in Cairo, Paddy's latest mission is to kidnap Major General Kreipe, the head of the Nazi forces on the island, and transport him alive to the Allied base in Cairo. The move is solely one to embarrass and thus demoralize the Nazis by having the "inferior" Cretans pull off something this big over the Nazis. Kidnapping Kreipe, keeping him safe during the transport to the coast, and getting him onto the ship in the open coastline without being detected by the Nazis all have their challenges. On Paddy and Moss' side is that they have the cooperation of most Cretans who, despite possible harm to themselves, largely help them in this mission, and that as such they have a better understanding of the nooks and crannies to hide Kreipe than the Nazis, especially in the mountains. Among the obstacles they face are: having sporadic contact with their primary communications officer, Sandy, who is holed up in a cave in the mountains; Kreipe perhaps finding a weak spot in their armor, especially in playing off even one poor Cretan who may fall prey to the possibility of a bigger individual payoff; and a deficiency unearthed in both Paddy and Moss' military training.

  • Led by British officers, partisans on Crete plan to kidnap the island's German commander and smuggle him to Cairo to embarrass the occupiers.


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