Renegades: Hitler’s Englishmen

By Adrian Weale

At the end of the second world war, nearly 200 British citizens were under investigation for the part they played in assisting Nazi Germany. Weale’s book draws on a huge body of material to document the development of the British Free Corps – chancers, petty criminals and inadequate lower middle-class fascists for the most part – and then explains the extent to which SS officers expended a great deal of energy, recruiting them for their own purposes. It is meticulously researched. Much has been surmised or hypothesised over the years, but this book sets the record straight. From the events that led to the rise of the British Union of Fascists, right through the second world war and up to the trial and imprisonment (and, in some cases, execution) of the traitors, you’ll discover there was a much larger and more intriguing story behind the scenes. Adrian draws on original documents, eyewitness accounts, and intelligence files to bring this story to the surface: it’s an immersive read and an educational one.

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