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Spying for Hitler

The Welsh Double-Cross

Throughout World War II, the loyalties of Welsh nationalists frequently came into question—and it’s long been thought that key figures collaborated with Hitler and the Nazis. In Spying for Hitler, John Humphries sets the record straight, showing that in fact Welsh nationalists deliberately infiltrated German military intelligence—and were instrumental in the creation of MI5’s Double-Cross System, which has been credited with controlling every German agent sent to Britain.

262 pages | 12 halftones | 5 x 7 1/2 | © 2012

History: European History

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“A John le Carré–style spy thriller with a difference—it’s all true! John Humphries lifts the lid on the enduring suspicion that Welsh nationalists spied for Germany during the Second World War. Hitler promised home rule if Wales helped the Nazis to win. A retired Swansea police inspector was recruited to sabotage the British war effort; a U-boat was sent to land explosives on a secluded beach; and three Cuban saboteurs arrived aboard a fishing boat. Spying for Hitler even has a twist in the end. Humphries, a former newspaper editor, has applied his undoubted journalistic skills to solving one of the outstanding mysteries of the last war, one that cast a dark shadow over a resurgent nationalist movement. A gripping read, meticulously pieced together from MI5 and German military intelligence sources.”

Terry Breverton

Table of Contents

Index to persons in narrative
List of illustrations

1. Operation Crowhurst
2. Wales Ready!
3. The Interrogation
4. If the Invader Comes
5. Double-Cross, Philately and Submarines
6. The Cuban Connection
7. Key to the Diplomatic Bag
8. The Confession
9. Inside Alcazar’s Spanish Spy Ring
10. The Malta Convoy and Sinking of Ark Royal
11. The Man from Brazil
12. The Aftermath

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