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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Pimlico; 2nd Revised edition edition (3 Jan. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712667644
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712667647
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.6 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 842,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A fascinating footnote to the history of the war... with more shady characters than a le Carre novel." - "Sunday Telegraph" "A meticulously researched study which draws on a huge body of material, including closed intelligence files, to chart the careers not only of notorious traitors such as William Joyce and John Amery, but of minor players as well." - "The Times"

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. J. Walford on 10 Jun. 2004
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Ultimatley fascinating account of British soldiers, sailors and civilians who worked for the Germans during World War Two. The book is simple and easy to understand yet it delivers a sound insight into the workings of Nazi Germany why collaberation occurred.
Adrian Weale begins with a background to Inter-war Britain and the growth and development of Fascism, culminating with Oswald Mosley and his BUF. This helps explain why people like Joyce and Amery became the infamous traitors and worked for the Germans. Weale then goes on to document the development of the British Free Corps and the extent to what the SS officers went to to recruit English and British Prisoners of War into the unit with the aim to destroying bolshevism, stopping at nothing, even press-ganging and violence.
The book also has a very interesting chapter of the foreign volunteers who worked for the SS, specifically the Waffen-SS, during the war, these included Danish, Dutch, French, Belgian, Norwegan, Swedish and even Bosnian Muslim peoples and their motivations.
Weale provides a valueble insight into the workings of the German military as well as the actions of British traitors.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Mar. 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a careful and considered examination of a highly emotive and potentially distasteful subject, that of British collaboration with Nazi Germany during WW2.
The foreign contingents who decided to fight with Hitler's armies (usually under a broad anti-Communist aegis) are well documented. Less well known is the British Free Corps, a small but fully-fledged unit attached to the Waffen SS. Mainly constituted from pro-fascist POWs, these traitors and their service in the Nazi war machine has long been a shadowy presence in the history of the Second World War.
Adrian Weale's dedicated research has exposed the history of this unit for the first time. His use of sources is thorough, and the text is supported by some extraordinary photographs of members of the British Free Corps in SS uniform sporting their Union Flag insignia.
It would be possible to write a prurient history of this issue, but Weale shows the dysfunctional nature of many of the recruits and their leader, John Amery. The prose is careful and readable, and the author is clearly in command of his material. He does not lose sight of the human stories behind the uniforms, but tells the story of these misguided and mythologised soldiers in all its sorry detail.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 8 Mar. 2009
Format: Hardcover
very interesting book has a lot of information on the setup and formation of this hidden past.Would have like to have found more about what happened to some of the renegades,worth a read
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By panzershark on 4 Dec. 2012
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weale is a respected author on military subjects with some experience himself.A worthwile read for anyone who likes to question the established history (written by the victors)
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