Letting the Side Down

Author:   Sean Murphy
Publisher:   The History Press Ltd
ISBN:  

9780750929363


Pages:   256
Publication Date:   18 November 2003
Format:   Hardback
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This is the 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 World War II 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 the Axis powers. Using the case studies of the individuals concerned, this work uncovers the reasons for their treacherous activities, describes how they collaborated with the enemy and, come the end of the war, it 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, 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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Author:   Sean Murphy
Publisher:   The History Press Ltd
Imprint:   Sutton Publishing Ltd
Dimensions:   Width: 15.60cm , Height: 2.60cm , Length: 23.40cm
Weight:   0.535kg
ISBN:  

9780750929363


ISBN 10:   0750929367
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   18 November 2003
Audience:   General/trade ,  Professional and scholarly ,  College/higher education ,  General ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Temporarily unavailable   Availability explained
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When push came to shove, many Britons pledged their allegiance to Hitler when war broke out in 1939. Some of them turned traitor for ideological reasons, others did it for the money. Most allowed themselves to be flattered into thinking they were more important than they were. All strands of treachery are explored in this book by war historian Sean Murphy, who draws on contemporary and more recent documents to show why various men and woman turned against their country. They include merchant seaman Duncan Scott-Ford, who pocketed just GBP20 for betraying positions of British convoy routes to the Germans. He was later hanged. Another traitor was Alexander Fraser Grant, who broadcast on Radio Caledonia urging the Scots to make a separate peace with Germany. When Italy and then Japan entered the war, even more traitors emerged to supply information to the Axis powers. Murphy has written a compelling account of those dark days of war and of the people with dark secrets in their hearts. (Kirkus UK)


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Sean Murphy is a graduate in political history from the University of London. He also has an MA in International Securirt 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 Colchester, Essex.

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