- Narrated by: Mike Cooper
- Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
- Release date: 08-29-23
Britain’s Secret Defences By Andrew Chatterton AudioBook summary
The narrative surrounding Britain’s anti-invasion forces has often centered on “Dad’s Army”-like characters running around with pitchforks, on unpreparedness and sense of inevitability of invasion and defeat. The truth, however, is very different.
Top-secret, highly trained civilian volunteers were being recruited as early as the summer of 1940. Had the Germans attempted an invasion they would have been countered by saboteurs and guerrilla fighters emerging from secret bunkers, and monitored by swathes of spies and observers who would have passed details on via runners, wireless operators, and ATS women in disguised bunkers. Alongside these secret forces, the Home Guard were also setting up their own “guerrilla groups,” and SIS (MI6) were setting up post-occupation groups of civilians to act as sabotage cells, wireless operators, and assassins had the Nazis taken control of the country.