Although well-known as both a former diplomat and leader of the Liberal Democrats, Paddy Ashdown simultaneously forged a prolific writing career, initially as a diarist (A Fortunate Life) and later chronicling incidents of wartime combat and military intelligence. Particularly notable was A Brilliant Little Operation, his peerless account of the Cockleshell Heroes and their audacious WWII raid on Bordeaux harbour, and more latterly the excellent Nein!, the story of German resistance to the horror of the Nazi regime. Every volume reflected Ashdown’s prodigious understanding and enthusiasm for his subject, and reflected his own experiences as both a former member of the special forces and as an officer for British Intelligence. He passed away in December 2018.
In his last days, Adolf Hitler raged in his bunker that he had been betrayed by his own people, defeated from the inside. In part, he was right. By 1945, his armies were being crushed on all fronts, his regime collapsing with many fleeing retribution for their crimes. Yet, even before the war started, there were Germans very high in Hitler's command committed to bringing about his death and defeat.
Paddy Ashdown tells, for the first time, the story of those at the very top of Hitler's Germany who tried first to prevent the Second World War and then to deny Hitler victory. Based on newly released files, the repeated attempts of the plotters to warn the Allies about Hitler's plans are revealed.
Books by Paddy Ashdown
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