The study includes new insights into the, much misunderstood, War Office Auxiliary Units and the wider role of the Home Guard in secret warfare. This is also the first substantial publication of one of the Second World War’s last, and best-kept, secrets – the existence of an ultra-secret resistance network organised by SIS and continuing in operation for most of the war. Malcolm Atkin’s conclusions will cause controversy among military historians and will change our understanding of preparations made in Britain for Nazi occupation in the Second World War.
FIGHTING NAZI OCCUPATION British Resistance 1939-1945
A major reassessment of the plans to organise guerrilla warfare and longer-term resistance in the case of a Nazi invasion of Britain. It tells the story of competition by the Secret Intelligence Service (M16) and War Office to organise irregular warfare in the country and the result is a new vision of the murky and Machiavellian world of wartime British intelligence. This is a most useful addition to a fascinating subject, backed by extensive research.
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Hardback, 224 pages