Churchill's Secret Soldiers: Germans who Fought for Britain in WW2
Helen Fry

Churchill's Secret Soldiers: Germans who Fought for Britain in WW2

The compelling story of 10,000 Germans and Austrians who fled Nazi persecution and joined the British forces in the Second World War. Having escaped Nazi Germany with their lives, this was their chance to fight back. They served in all theatres of war, including dangerous operations behind enemy lines and the D-Day landings. Now they faced their former countrymen on the beaches of Normandy and the battlefields of Europe. But ‘Churchill’s refugee soldiers’ did not feel they were betraying the country of their birth. Rather, they felt that Germany had betrayed them. Some were hunted for special duties behind enemy lines with the Commandos, special Raiding Forces, SAS and SOE. Others were involved in the battles at sea, top secret intelligence duties, and elite infantry regiments. They fought, and many died, fighting on the front line for the country that had saved them from Hitler’s tyranny. With one or two exceptions, these refugees in uniform did not receive British nationality until 1946-47. At the end of the War, they returned in their thousands in British army uniform to Germany and Austria to begin the reconstruction of post-war Europe and the hunt for Nazi war criminals. Based on eye-witness accounts and interviews with veterans, Helen Fry pieces together their extraordinary story and their sacrifice. The book is the unique story of the Germans who fought for King and adopted country, and sheds light on this little-known aspect of British wartime history

Book Details:

  • Author: Helen Fry
  • Published Year: 2014
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Helen Fry

Helen Fry was raised in North Devon and went on to graduate from the University of Exeter with a degree and Ph.D. She has written over 25 books on the Second World War with particular reference to the 10,000 Germans and Austrians who fought for Britain, and intelligence, espionage and prisoners of war. Her highly acclaimed book The Walls Have Ears: The Greatest Intelligence Operation of WWII was in the top 8 Daily Mail’s Books of the Year in War, and has been optioned for film. It has been the subject of numerous documentaries and continues to receive media attention. H...
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Book Reviews

  • "…a fascinating story, well told."
    Military Illustrated
  • "Vital reading to understand … the bravery of those who returned to fight against the system which had rejected them."
    Military Books Review