In compliance with the Fuhrer's directive on the imminent invasion of Britain in 1940, the Gestapo prepared a secret handbook for the occupation forces. The first part, edited by a senior Nazi who had been educated in England, is a detailed analysis of how the Germans thought the country worked. The second section is a list of the men and women the Gestapo had earmarked for immediate arrest. Written in August 1940, the handbook sheds light on the British political system, the establishment, the church, industry, the police, trade unions and even the Boy Scouts. The chapter on the British Secret Service was considered so accurate that the few copies captured at the end of the war were retained by the authorities. This translation reveals the historic document.
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This is the handbook that was prepared by the German SS police for the benefit of the German policemen who were to govern the United Kingdom in the event that the Germans succeeded in conquering it in the summer of 1940. Its translator is not stated and authorship, even, is uncertain, but Schellenberg who later rose to be an SS general in World War II, claimed he had been in charge of the team that wrote it. Uncomfortable reading, in that it reveals that the Germans were more fully informed than the British public on, for example, the officers of the secret intelligence service. The 'wanted list', with nearly 3000 names on it, is reprinted. Three introductions, one by John Erickson the military historian, one by Nigel West the intelligence buff, and one by Terry Charman of the Imperial War Museum, help explain the fascinating contents of this handbook to the lay reader. (Kirkus UK)
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