British Fascists in World War II: The Enemy Within

In his 2018 publication, Hitler’s British Fascists, Tim Tate provides an alternative narrative to the spirit of Dunkirk, the Blitz and the stirring patriotism of Churchill’s wartime leadership. Recently declassified files reveal details of plots to overthrow the government, treasonous activities of fascist organisations including the BUF, the Nordic Club and the Right Club and the significance of the master MI5 spy hunters such as Max Hastings and Guy Liddell. Hundreds of British fascists were interned without a trial during the war as enemy aliens but quite often ruling class/aristocratic traitors escaped serious criminal sanction.


SUGGESTED READING

  • Tim Tate, Hitler’s British Traitors, The Secret, History of Spies, Saboteurs and Fifth Columnists, Icon, 2018
  • Richard Griffith, Patriotism Perverted, Captain Ramsay, The Right Club and British Anti Semitism, 1939-1940, Faber and Faber, 2011
  • Robert Hutton, Agent Jack, True Story of MI5’s Secret Nazi Spy, Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 2018


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Britain in the 1930s as World War II approached, British Union of Fascists (BUF) and Oswald Mosley, The Right Club, the Nordic Club and other right wing pro German groups and societies.
  • The enemy within after Sept 1939, Enemy Alien Act and Defence of the Realm Act, internment of hundreds of enemy aliens without a trial, plots against the Churchill war cabinet, pro Nazi traitors, Flight of Rudolf Hess to Scotland in 1941
  • MI5 and the mast spy hunters including Maxwell Knight and Guy Liddell, recent scholarship and the recent release of now unclassified documents from the period.
  • Criminal sanctions against the working class spies and traitors were considerably worse than the penalties issued to the most of the wealthy titled aristocratic traitors


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Gain an overview of the right wing activities and motivations of various fascist sympathisers in Britain during WWII.
  2. Discuss the impact of the traitors and spies and the responses from the government and national security agencies.
  3. Discuss the role of key individuals in the period including Oswald and Diana Mosley, The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Archibald Ramsay, the Duke of Hamilton, William Joyce (Lord Haw Haw), Anna Wolkoff and the Russian emigres in London, Maxwell Knight and Guy Liddell.
$75 Limited / $68

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23 Oct

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