Spying for Hitler : The Welsh Double Cross
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.
- Paperback | 288 pages
- 128 x 196 x 24mm | 340.19g
- 15 Nov 2012
- University of Wales Press
- Wales, United Kingdom
About John Humphries
John Humphries, a former newspaper editor and foreign correspondent, draws upon previously unavailable documents and sources to shed new light on moments in history ranging from the Chartist Uprising, the Mexican Revolution, Hitler's 'spies', and Freedom Fighters of the 20th century. This is his fifth work of non-fiction.
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