Renegades: Hitler's Englishmen
‘Renegades’ is the standard and authoritative account of the small numbers of Britons who actively collaborated with the Third Reich during the Second World War. Written and researched entirely from primary sources, it charts the careers of well known traitors like William Joyce, alias Lord Haw-Haw, as well as lesser known individuals and groups, including the only complete history of the British Free Corps; the small British unit of the Waffen-SS. Originally published in 1994, a new updated edition was published in 2001 based on recent releases of new intelligence documents.
Adrian Weale was born in London in 1964 and educated at the Latymer Upper School, York University and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He served for several years as a military intelligence officer in the regular Army, before leaving to pursue a career as a writer and historian.Since then he has written eight non-fiction books under his own name, and ghost written several more, primarily for former Special Forces personnel.In addition, he has written widely for the UK national press and is a regular broadcaster on BBC TV and radio, specialising in military and intelligence related subj...
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John Grigg, The Spectator
"He has produced an account not only fuller and more reliable than Rebecca West’s but also thoroughly readable and full of curious detail"
Andrew Roberts, The Sunday Telegraph
"...his style is fresh and parts of the book read more like an adventure story, with more shady characters than a le Carre novel. In the course of his research, the author completely deconstructs Rebecca West’s famour 1949 book ‘The Meaning of Treason’, showing it to be largely mendacious."
"Adrian Weale’s ‘Renegades: Hitler’s Englishmen’ is certainly instructive and finely researched and has some hefty insights for its readers ... Despite it’s abject failure, the British Free Corps still warrants serious study and Weale’s committed scholarship gives us that opportunity."
"A meticulously researched study which draws on a huge body of material, including closed intelligence files, to chart the careers not only of notorious traitors such as William Joyce and John Amery, but of minor players as well."
Jack Higgins, Today
"A startling account of the 200-odd British citizens who helped the Nazis during the Second World War."
"...an interesting story, which Weale tells with style and distinction."
"An absorbing account of a less than creditable aspect of British history."