Beating the Nazi Invader: Hitler's Spies, Saboteurs and Secrets in Britain 1940

Beating the Nazi Invader: Hitler's Spies, Saboteurs and Secrets in Britain 1940

by Neil R Storey


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Beating the Nazi Invader is a revealing and disturbing exploration of the darker history of Nazis, spies and ‘Fifth Columnist’ saboteurs in Britain, and the extensive top secret countermeasures taken before and during the real threat of invasion in 1940.

The author’s research describes the Nazi Party organization in Britain and reveals the existence of the Gestapo headquarters in central London. The reader gains vivid insights into Nazi agents and terrorist cells, the Special Branch and MI5 teams who hunted them and investigated murders believed to have been committed by Third Reich agents on British soil.

Accessing a host of recently declassified files the book explores the highly classified measures taken for the protection of the Royal Family, national treasures and gold reserves. The British government made extensive plans for the continuation of government in the event of invasion including the creation of all-powerful Regional Commissioners, ‘Black Lists’ of suspected collaborators and a British resistance organization. We also learn of the Nazis’ own occupation measures for suborning the population and the infamous Sonderfahndungsliste G.B, the Nazi ‘Special Wanted List.’

The result is a fascinating insight into the measures and actions taken to ensure that Great Britain did not succumb to the gravest threat of enemy invasion and occupation for centuries.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781526772947
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 12/28/2020
Pages: 310
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi

Introduction viii

Chapter 1 Nazis in Britain 1930-1939 1

Chapter 2 Victims of Nazi Vengeance 9

Chapter 3 Sympathisers and 'Spyclists' 33

Chapter 4 Spies Among Us 44

Chapter 5 Fatalities of Spy Mania? 70

Chapter 6 The Venlo Incident 74

Chapter 7 Operation Lena 87

Chapter 8 The Undetected? 139

Chapter 9 The Fifth Column 157

Chapter 10 The British Black List 196

Chapter 11 In the Event of Invasion 203

Chapter 12 The Invasion That Never Was 237

Appendix I Civil Defence Regions, Commissioners, Headquarters and Regional Security Liaison Officers, December 1940 274

Appendix II Maxwell Knight's Account of 'The Wolkoff- Kent Case' 276

Appendix III Victor Rothschild on Sabotage 282

Notes 286

Bibliography 298

Index 303

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