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Hitler's British Slaves

Hitler's British Slaves [Kindle Edition]

Sean Longden
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A meticulously-researched, utterly absorbing account -- Yorkshire Post

A powerful indictment of the crimes perpetrated against men who
had surrendered in good faith...Never agian, after Mr Longden's excellent
work, shall we see the plight of the POWs as anything other than
unremittingly monstrous -- Daily Mail, Andrew Roberts

A slave is someone who is made to wrok under thereat to his life.
He isn't paid. He is at the will of his masters. It was the same for us. We
were given a bowl of soup and some bread made from sawdust. If you didn't
do as you were told you were shot.
-- Leslie Allen

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The untold story of life in the allied camps under theNazi's.Sean Londgen has conducted numerous interviews andreveals a new perspective on life under the Nazis that haslong been forgotten and replaced by the myth of Colditzand The Great Escape.Between 1939 and 1945 almost 200,000 British andCommonwealth Servicemen were held as Prisoners of Warin Germany. Every Allied soldier under the rank of Sergeantwas forced to work 12 hour shifts, six days a week, cuttingtimber, quarrying stone, carving ice from frozen rivers andclearing bombsites. It drove the soldiers to the brink, inwhich survival was a daily trial. Many starved to death ordied from disease, others were killed in accidents or at thehands of their guards.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2274 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Constable (20 Aug 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008VT0ZXO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #531,971 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars POWs - The True Story 18 Nov 2009
This book is a must for all those people who have seen 'The Great Escape' and 'The Colditz Story' and believed that was the true POW experience in WW2. Read this and realise how most POWs were employed as slave labourers, often working down mines for 12 hours a day. The book is a harrowing account of the abuse they suffered.
The subject deserves to be more widely known, to help people understand the realities of what these brave men endured. Some were prisoners in Germany for 5 years! I doubt if any have been able to forget their experiences.
Once again, Mr Longden has told a forgotten story of WW2 - and told it brilliantly.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hitler's British Slaves - A Cracking Read 18 Dec 2005
You've seen the Great Escape and the Wooden Horse - now read the truth. Who knew British and Commonwealth POWs worked at Auschwitz or were forced to work without wages and starvation rations in German armament factories.
It's all there These were the blokes who could just walk out the camp gates but chose to come back as they didn't know where they were. Can't wait for his next book. I'm not usually into military history but its scholarly and entertaining -a cracking read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, the true story! 19 Nov 2009
After so many years, finally someone has written a book that goes to the heart of the POW experience in WW2. In this book the only tunnels are those in coal mines! I was shocked to see how much the prisoners suffered in Germany. It makes you realise how they must have been annoyed by those post-war films in which officers try to escape from POW camps.
Obviously the reality (as shown in this book)was far different.
My favourite bits was actually the counterbalance to the suffering: the stories of their sex lives with German and Polish women. It does make you wonder. Also, I liked the way the prisoners did their best to keep up morale: lice catching contests, farting competitions and even measuring certain parts of their anatomy to see who was the largest in the camp (you couldn't make it up!)
Essential reading for anyone who thinks they know the story of WW2.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be missed 1 Jun 2009
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An excellent and informative read. Whilst most people are aware of the extreme conditions suffered by POW's in the Far East this is the first time I have seen any reference to those who suffered under German "protection". The impression left by numerous post war POW films such as "The Wooden Horse", "The Great Escape" and "Colditz" is completely shattered as this book deals with the conditions suffered by NCO's during the period of their capitivity. The book and personal recollections of those who were there dispels any thoughts that the POW's were living in the luxurious surroundings shown in the popular studio films. The Geneva convention was clearly ignored by many of those who were overseeing the POW's.
There is an element of humour in the book that can only come from those who lived through the experience whilst the bleakness of the conditions suffered in the camps. mines and forced labour groups is never far away.
The help given to the POW's by the local population (in some cases everyday Germans) also comes through in the tales recounted by those who were there.
Having read the book I feel that I can now understand why those that lived through the period of confinement may still have a hatred for some members of the older generation of Germans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hitlers British Slaves 9 Mar 2012
By Helen
My Father was captured at St Valerie, he was 20 years old a Seaforth Highlander. I knew the bare bones about his capture and captivity, any reference was always to the Death March, he and a couple of friends who were captured with him kept in touch and they would joke occasionally about using Dad's socks to boil any rats they caught as they had less holes than theirs. I know one of them passed out on the march (TB) and the two others carried him for the rest of the way, true friendships. A wonderful book, well written and telling those of us who always wanted to know the facts of captivity. One Highlander was a gentle giant well over 6 ft and the guards were afraid of him, They set the dogs on him and the others had to watch as they ate him alive, I was never allowed near Alsatians. Many small questions were answered by this book, my father died aged only 63 his heart weakened by his wartime experiences, and like all the others he never really spoke of his experiences, so this book took the place of the chats we should have had, had he lived.
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