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The following people make up the "In The Footsteps of Heroes" Team
*Chris Paul (Expedition Leader) – London based lawyer, with a interest in military history. Chris is a keen expeditionary and was part of the 2006 team that traced the wartime route of Jan Baalsrud on his wartime escape across the mountains of
*Alun Davies (Food and Accommodation) - South Wales based businessman in who had a full career as an infantry officer in the British Army and has lived and work all over the world. He has had a life long interest in the mountains and has been on countless expeditions to the Alps as well as
Mike Wright (Navigator) – Mike is ex-British Army and lives in
*John Ellis Roberts (Safety and Route Planning) – John is past Head Warden of
John Andre (Ground Support) – John is ex-British Army (having run the
Nick Frankioudakis (Cretan Military Liaison) - Nick is a serving NCO in the Greek Army, and is an experienced jumpmaster and combat diver/swimmer. His involvement has been arranged by Lt.Col T. Kitsos of the Greek Embassy in London, following an approach made earlier this year. Not only is Nick a Cretan (reflecting the joint Cretan/British nature of the original team), but he will also help the team to be able to speak to locals en route. Nicks presence with the team is also through the generous cooperation and assistance of the Officer Commanding 1 MAL Crete and others from his unit.
Jonathan Huston (Photographer and Navigator) - Jonathan is a successful Australian-based businessman, who is also ex-Forces. He has an active interest in military history and also enjoys trekking, having recently covered Mt Kilimanjaro, lower Andes, Mt Kinabulu (Borneo) and Pico Aneto (Spanish Pyrenees).
Artemis Cooper (Team Diarist) – Artemis is a British writer who is currently working on the official biography of Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor DSO OBE. Her books include
*Tim Todd (Historical Researcher) – Tim is a retired Police Inspector who devoted considerable efforts to the research of the wartime events on
The team would not have been able to undertake the expedition without considerable prior help and information from many who have added to the knowledge of the original operation. The level of interest and help, from all corners of the world, has been outstanding. In time I hope to generate a list that will give due acknowledgement to all concerned, for the moment I offer my sincere thanks for all your contributions.
Through the invaluable help and assistance of Lt Col T Kitsos, Greek Embassy London, the team in Crete were accompanied throughout by Nick Frankioudakis whose contribution was immense. Nick's colleagues Major Kostakis and Nick Troulakis also met and assisted the team on numerous occasions. Paddy Leigh Fermor told us to put our trust in the Greeks, Theodore Kitsos told me that his people would not let us down, both were so right! Thank you.
*Denotes a member of the 2005 team that traced the route from the abduction point at Archanes to Rhodakino - see http://www.explorecrete.com/history/kreipe-Anogia.htm