The Traitor of Colditz (Paperback)
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The Traitor of Colditz (Paperback)

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Paperback 320 Pages
Published: 16/03/2023
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In this utterly gripping volume, the author of Posh Boys unravels the never-before-told true story of the ingenuity of two British elite officers and POWs at Colditz Castle who risked their lives to guard the secrets of MI9 from the Gestapo.

It is the depths of the Second World War.

The Germans like to boast that there is 'no escape' from the infamous fortress that is Colditz.

The elite British officers imprisoned there are determined to prove the Nazis wrong and get back into the war.

As the war heats up and the stakes are raised, the Gestapo plant a double-agent inside the prison in a bid to uncover the secrets of the British prisoners. Captain Julius Green of the Army Dental Corps and Sergeant John 'Busty' Brown must risk their lives in a bid to save the lives of hundreds of Allied servicemen and protect the secrets of MI9.

Drawn from unseen records, The Traitor of Colditz brings to light an extraordinary, never-before-told story from the Second World War, an epic tale of how MI9 took on the Nazis and exposed the traitors in their midst.

Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781802795196
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 310 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 28 mm


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'A rump of die-hard British fascists intent on horrific treachery, a hunt that echoes down the dark and sinister halls of Colditz Castle, secret and ingenious codes to fox the enemy, unbelievably courageous and ingenious escapes executed by Allied POWs who would not be denied, MI9's masterful body lines that spirited escapees back to Britain to continue the fight – this book has it all ... An intensively researched work, this is a period of WWII history that Robert Verkaik brings to life with real verve and flair' - Damien Lewis, author of SAS Band of Brothers

'A masterly book... An incredible piece of research that has uncovered an unknown story of betrayal, double agents against a sense of honour and need for justice by those British POWs who were betrayed. It's a real page-turner' - Dr Helen Fry, author and leading expert on MI9

'Verkaik has managed to add considerably to the history of Purdy, the traitor at Colditz... An excellent book' - William Neave, son of Airey Neave, the first British officer to escape from Colditz

'A vastly entertaining tale, bursting with astonishing stories and extraordinary characters. Much of it will be new, even to fans of the Second World War espionage genre ... Verkaik has done a great job mining the secret service files in the National Archives and unearthing narrative gold ... The truth about the traitors may be that there is no great enigma to be unravelled. But in Verkaik's hands the story of their treachery makes for a fascinating read' - Patrick Bishop, Sunday Telegraph

'Riveting story' - Mail on Sunday

'A gripping tale of wartime espionage and counterespionage' - History of War Magazine

'A brilliant book about Walter Purdy, one of the worst Nazi sympathisers who passed on information about British escape plans, including in Colditz Castle ... Us Brits don't like talking about traitors during the Second World War so Purdy doesn't fit the narrative. Purdy is an uncomfortable reality' - Dan Snow's History Hit podcast

'A welcome addition to the Colditz historiography ... This book will have you hanging on every word' - Key Military

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