The author has clearly carried out a considerable amount of research on the subject.Whilst I have read books on the well known figures such as Joyce,Amery and Moseley,I knew little of the lesser lights.The author has done a very good job of filling the gaps in my knowledge and making some thought provoking observations.Particularly as to why the aristocrats were not interned.
So Griffiths challenges the accepted view that Mosley issued instructions in 1939 for his members to defend this country. The facts are quite clear. On September 1st. 1939, two days before war began, Mosley issued a signed instruction to all members telling them that those in the armed services must obey the rules of their service and in the event of invasion all members of British Union would arise as one to drive the invaders from British soil. This instruction appeared immediately in the party's weekly newspaper 'Action' and a copy sent to all 470 branches. On Monday September 4th. 1939, the second day of war, two of Mosley's Blackshirts in the R.A.F. heeded his instruction and volunteered to act as gunners on the first bombing raid of the war which attacked the German navy at the mouth of the Elbe estuary. Their aircraft was shot down and both men lost their lives killed in action: they were the first two British casualties of WW2 and their names appeared in the first Air Ministry casulty list published in editions of The Times. Their names were Aircraftsman George Brocking of the Clapham branch of the British Union of Fascists and Ken Day of the Southend branch, both card carrying members. Griffiths' attempt to undermine Mosley's call to action by playing about with dates and other factors is an insult to these two brave men who gave their lives following Mosley's instructions and Griffiths should be deeply ashamed of himself for casting doubt on what happened at the beginning of WW2 in order to create a literary 'scoop' for his book.
It seems that Richard Griffiths is following a recent trend by writers of his ilk, in trying desperately to smear Oswald Mosley and his pre-war Movement. However, the sheer fact that thousands of members of Mosley's British Union fought and died for their country, shows that either his research is faulty or to suit his agenda he is not telling us the truth.