“Freedom! Out of the clutches of the Nazis, I might yet live to fight them”
A compelling story of 10,000 Germans and Austrians who fled Nazi persecution and joined the British forces in their fight against Hitler during the Second World War.
Known affectionately as ‘the King’s most loyal enemy aliens,’ many were Jews, but a significant number were political opponents of the Nazi regime. They served in every campaign of the war, including the D-Day landings. Many were head-hunted for special duties behind enemy lines with the Commandos, special Raiding Forces, SAS and SOE.
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.
Helen Fry documents stories of those who fought for King and adopted country, drawing on a rich vein of archive material to bring this little-known aspect of British wartime history to light.
“..a fascinating story, well told”
“Vital reading to understand … the bravery of those who returned to fight against the system which had rejected them”
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Churchill’s German Army was also the subject of a world wide distributed documentary shown on the National Geographic Channel.