Reveals the real
Nazi plans to occupy Great Britain
Uncovers the secrets of Britain’s Resistance organisation
Classic, ground-breaking text now back in print
Novelists, playwrights and theorists have often toyed with the question of what
would have happened if the Germans had occupied Britain in 1940. This compelling
study reveals exactly what was intended by both sides. The Last Ditch
investigates the German plans and the countermeasures undertaken through the
specially formed British Resistance Organisation.
German draft decrees reveal the occupation would have been extraordinarily
harsh. Few would have escaped oppression. There would have been 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.
What would the British have done?
During the darkest days after Dunkirk, a clandestine resistance movement,
innocuously named the Auxiliary Units, sprang into being. Its function would
have been to carry out guerrilla warfare against the Germans. British civilians
were trained to spy, sabotage and kill; hide-outs were established; caches of
arms and explosives were hidden; and a resistance radio network was created.
Although they never went into action, the resistance was ready and waiting: the
last ditch of Britain’s defence. So successful was their organisation that they
became the model for underground movements all over occupied Europe. In telling
this story, Lampe relates one of World War II’s best-kept secrets and offers
insight into what might have been.
After serving with the US 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 Douglas Haig.
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