Spying for Hitler: The Welsh Double Cross

Spying for Hitler: The Welsh Double Cross


By (author) John Humphries

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  • Publisher: University of Wales Press
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 24mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 15 November 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Wales
  • ISBN 10: 0708325203
  • ISBN 13: 9780708325209
  • Illustrations note: 15 black and white
  • Sales rank: 1,374,195

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After Dunkirk the British Army was broken, the country isolated and invasion imminent. German Military Intelligence was sat the task of recruiting collaborators from among Welsh nationalists to sabotage military and civilian installations ahead of the landing. Strategic deception was one of the few weapons left. To fool the Germans into believing Britain was ready and able to repel invaders when in fact it had only the weapons salvaged from Dunkirk, MI5 invented an imaginary cell of Welsh saboteurs led by a retired police inspector.

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Author information

John Humphries is former editor of the Western Mail, and the author of several works of non-fiction, concerning revolutionary events such as the Chartist Uprising (The Man from the Alamo), the Mexican Revolution (Gringo Revolutionary), and the 1960s/70s Welsh terrorist campaign (Freedom Fighters).

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A John le Carre-style spy thriller with a difference - it's all true! John Humphries lifts the lid on the enduring suspicion that Welsh nationalists spied for Germany during the Second World War. Hitler promised Home Rule if Wales helped the Nazis to win. A retired Swansea police inspector was recruited to sabotage the British war effort; a U-Boat was sent to land explosives on a secluded beach; and three Cuban saboteurs arrived aboard a fishing boat. 'Spying for Hitler' even has a twist in the end. Humphries, a former newspaper editor, has applied his undoubted journalistic skills to solving one of the outstanding mysteries of the last war, one that cast a dark shadow over a resurgent nationalist movement. A gripping read, meticulously pieced together from MI5 and German Military Intelligence sources. Terry Breverton, Publisher and Author