The Brits Who Fought for Hitler

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Published on 14th May 2017 by

A 2002 British television documentary about British prisoners of war who were recruited by the Nazi’s to fight in their own Infantry unit of the Waffen-SS and served alongside the Nazi’s on the eastern front, the unit was initially called the ‘Legion of St George’ and later renamed the ‘British Free Corps’ (Britisches Freikorps). The documentary was aired on Channel 5.

It is unknown exactly how many British men signed up to fight for the unit but research by the British historian Adrian Weale identified 54 men who belonged to the unit at one stage or another during the Second World War (Adrian Weale has also authored a book on the subject). The unit was itself betrayed when one of its own members, John Brown, acted as a double agent and fed information to MI5. In this documentary, for the first time, men from the British Free Corps talk on camera about their treachery.

BOOK

The British writer and historian Adrian Weale, a former officer in the British Army Intelligence Corps, authored the book Renegades: Hitler’s Englishmen about the almost 200 British citizens who were under investigation by MI5 for assisting Nazi Germany. Many of them were associated with Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists, a group sympathetic with Hitler. The first edition of the book was published in 1994 but the subsequent release of numerous previously classified documents into the public domain led to an enhanced 2002 revision and subsequently the first complete account of British Free Corps, some of them were interviewed for the second revised edition.

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