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The Guns of Navarone by Alistair MacLeanRead about the other entries on the list.
Led by Captain Keith Mallory, a New Zealand mountaineer, a British team attempts to knock out the German guns on the Aegean island of Navarone. The only way to get to them is via the island's "unclimbable" south cliff. Do they manage it? Well, who won the war?