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Description - Fighting Nazi Occupation by Malcolm Atkin

When Winston Churchill made his 'we shall never surrender' speech in 1940 he was speaking in the knowledge that Britain's Secret Intelligence Service was planning a civilian British resistance movement to mobilise after the country had been occupied. Britain's planning for clandestine warfare developed out of a fierce battle between the Secret Intelligence Service and the War Office for the control of guerrilla warfare and conflicting ideas over the legitimacy of armed civilians. A multi-layered system of secret organizations was the result. The Auxiliary Units are the best known of these 'ungentlemanly' forces, but in this perceptive new study based on painstaking original research, Malcolm Atkin clearly demonstrates that they were never intended as a resistance organization. Instead, they were designed as a short-term guerrilla force, whilst their Special Duties Branch was designed to spy on the British public as much as any Nazi invader. Meanwhile, deep in the shadows, was the real resistance organization Section VII of SIS. Malcolm Atkin's conclusions will cause controversy among military historians and will change our understanding of the preparations made in Britain to resist Nazi occupation in the Second World War. SELLING POINTS: . Controversial reassessment of British resistance organization in the Second World War . Compelling account of the struggle between the Secret Intelligence Service and the War Office . Uncovers the real relationship between the Auxiliary Units and the Home Guard . Based on original new research in wartime archives . Insight into conflicting ideas about the role of civilians in armed warfare 60 Illustrations

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781473833777
ISBN-10: 1473833779
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 0mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2015
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Malcolm Atkin

Malcolm Atkin is a former head of the Historic Environment and Archaeology Service for Worcestershire. He a leading authority on the English Civil War, but he has also made a special study of home defence - and resistance organization - during the Second World War. His many publications include Cromwell's Crowning Mercy: the Battle of Worcester, The Civil War in Evesham: A Storm of Fire and Leaden Hail, Worcestershire Under Arms and Worcester 1651.

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