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

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

by Sean Murphy


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The only single-source account of British collaborators in the Second World War, 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 200 British citizens were under investigation for assisting their country's enemies. Drawing upon official security files at The National Archives, some only recently released, and the case studies of the individuals concerned, Sean Murphy uncovers the aims and motivations that drove them to betray their country, describes how they collaborated with the enemy and explores their respective fates at the end of the war.

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 covered 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; Theodore 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780750941761
Publisher: History Press Limited, The
Publication date: 07/06/2006
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsiv
1Hitler's Admirers and Fascism in Britain1
3Germany's British Broadcasters49
4William Joyce101
5The British Free Corps115
6Harold Cole and Theodore Schurch143
7Windsor and Wodehouse165
8Collaboration in the Far East179
9Collaboration in the Channel Islands195
10Closing in on the Collaborators201
Source Notes227
Select Bibliography237

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