Letting the Side Down: British Traitors of the Second World War

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This is the fascinating story of a collection of misfits and renegades who came from all walks of life and different social backgrounds, but who all had one thing in common. During the Second World War they chose to reject their country and follow the path of treason through collaboration with the Axis powers. Altogether, about two hundred British citizens were under investigation for assisting the Axis powers. Using the case studies of the individuals concerned, Sean Murphy uncovers the reasons for their ...

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This is the fascinating story of a collection of misfits and renegades who came from all walks of life and different social backgrounds, but who all had one thing in common. During the Second World War they chose to reject their country and follow the path of treason through collaboration with the Axis powers. Altogether, about two hundred British citizens were under investigation for assisting the Axis powers. Using the case studies of the individuals concerned, Sean Murphy uncovers the reasons for their treacherous activities, describes how they collaborated with the enemy, and come the end of the war he explores their respective fates. The stories of some of the more notorious traitors like William Joyce (Lord Haw-Haw) and P.G. Wodehouse are already well-known - and they are included here - but also included are some of the lesser known but equally treacherous individuals. For example, Duncan Scott-Ford, a Scottish Merchant seaman, who sold information to the Germans about convoy movements; Theodor Schurch, born in London of Swiss parents, who joined the British Army but agreed to work for Italian Intelligence; and Harold Cole, who infiltrated Allied escape lines in Europe and betrayed between 100 and 150 British and French agents to the Germans.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780750929363
  • Publisher: History Press Limited, The
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Sean Murphy is a graduate of history and politics from the University of London. He also has an MA in International Security Studies from Reading. Sean has worked for many years as a researcher for television during which time he has developed an interest in collaboration during the Second World War. He plans to study for his PhD focusing on this subject. He lives in Wantage, Oxon.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations iv
Acknowledgements vi
Foreword vii
Introduction ix
1 Hitler's Admirers and Fascism in Britain 1
2 War 23
3 Germany's British Broadcasters 49
4 William Joyce 101
5 The British Free Corps 115
6 Harold Cole and Theodore Schurch 143
7 Windsor and Wodehouse 165
8 Collaboration in the Far East 179
9 Collaboration in the Channel Islands 195
10 Closing in on the Collaborators 201
11 Conclusion 225
Source Notes 227
Select Bibliography 237
Index 239
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