The Last Ditch: Britain's Secret Resistance and the Nazi Invasion Plan

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Greenhill Books, 2007 - History - 219 pages
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Novelists, playwrights, and theorists have often toyed with the question, what would have happened if the Germans had occupied Britain in 1940? Based on years of persistent detective work, Last Ditch investigates the German plans and the countermeasures undertaken through the specially formed British Resistance Organization. The very existence of this Resistance movement remained a secret for more than two decades until the silence was finally broken by Lampe. Few would have escaped oppression. There was to be mass deportation, wholesale appropriations of the country’s agricultural, mineral, and industrial produce, and widespread arrests, as revealed in the notorious Gestapo Arrest List-reprinted here in full. Although they never went into action, the Resistance was ready and waiting: the last ditch of Britain’s defense. So successful was their organization that they became the model for the Resistance and underground movements that were to arise all over occupied Europe. In telling their story, Lampe relates one of the best-kept secrets of WWII and offers insight into what might have been.

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Despite a tendency to hyperbole with the some of the anecdotes (apparently all the members of the Auxiliary Units were ten feet tall, invisible, and able to leap sentries in a single bound), this is an interesting history of the British Second World War stay-behind network. Read full review

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I am always deeply impressed by Britain's plans to resist Operation Sea Lion--from emptying the jails of useful people (forgers, cons, thugs, cross-dressing men, cat burglars), empowering the local ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

After serving with the U.S. Army in Europe during WWII, David Lampe returned to Great Britain as a USAF reservist. His first book was an account of the Danish Resistance movement, The Savage Canary: The Story of Resistance in Denmark.

Gary Sheffield is the author of Douglas Haig: War Diaries and Letters, 1914-1918 and is currently writing a biography of Field Marshal Montgomery.

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