Claus Ascher’s father, a German Jew, was one of Hitler’s political opponents during the 1930s, which led to his arrest, imprisonment and murder in Dachau in 1937.


Claus managed to escape to Britain where he joined the British Army and changed his name to Colin Anson. He was one of a few dozen Germans in the British Commandos in WW2.


Attached to the Royal Marine Commandos, he took part in the invasions of Italy and Sicily in 1943, surviving a life-threatening head wound when shrapnel penetrated his skull, and afterwards went on to fight in Corfu, Greece and Yugoslavia.

The amazing true story of a German refugee who fought with the British Commandos against the Nazis.

At the end of the war he discovered his father’s betrayer but decided not to take revenge. His childhood as the son of one of Hitler’s most dangerous foes, provides a unique insight into the political maelstrom of 1930s Germany— an extraordinary portrait of his bravery and determination, continuing his father’s legacy as he fought to defeat the Nazis.

This book offers a thrilling account of Colin’s valiant service in the Second World War, based on interviews with Colin Anson and further research at the Imperial War Museum.