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4.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for students of the SS history, 10 Jun 2004
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Mr. D. J. Walford (Lancashire, England) - See all my reviews
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Rare insight into pro-Nazi Britons, 4 Mar 2002
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars very interesting information on a hidden past, 8 Mar 2009
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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5.0 out of 5 stars very good, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars eye opener, 1 Aug 2014
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Essential reading for my new book
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mad Dogs and English traitors, 26 Mar 2007
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M. P. Crowther "Writer-historian-student" (Aylesbury, Bucks) - See all my reviews
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I forget how I got interested in this dark aspect of British history but it fascinated me nonetheless. British men working for the Germans and not only that, but within the SS. Previously I had read this in "The Eagle Has Landed", seen it dismissed by Beevor in his book "Berlin" etc.

Adrian Weale's book might be somewhat thin compared to most history books but is nonetheless informative on this grim subject. We are taken through the days of 'Hurrah for the Blackshirt' to the war itself. The traitors were hardly what the Germans expected once inside the Reich. Mostly oppurtunistic, greedy etc. Besides the British Free Corps we are told about the individuals who worked on the German radio, Haw-Haw and others. The Irish radio station who broadcasted until Berlin fell, the Indians and so on. When you consider that of the couple of thousand Britons imprisoned by Hitler, only around 40 ever became colloborators then it makes you somewhat proud to be British.

An interesting and informative read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 6 Nov 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars How could they, 11 Jan 2011
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How could anyone have joined up with the Nazis?

The book left me wanting more of an explanation. Maybe more work in this area will follow?
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