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By Roderick De Normann

"For Fuhrer and native land" is the intense tale of the way British and American Intelligence thwarted a wartime plan for a bold mass break-out of German prisoners-of-war from the PoW camp at Devizes in Wiltshire, led by means of a troublesome middle of SS troops. As December 1944 drew to a detailed, educated US interrogators came upon a plan so impressive in idea that it was once difficult to take heavily. The Interrogation Centre operatives broke the wills of the prisoners concerned and obtained to the ground of the tale. With their get away plan in tatters, the SS took their revenge and 'tried' and murdered considered one of their fellow prisoners, who used to be accused of betraying the Fuhrer. regardless of the SS code of silence, these concerned have been delivered to justice and hanged at Pentonville criminal in October 1945. during this e-book, the writer asks the questions: Why was once Devizes Camp so woefully unprepared for a potential break-out? Why have been the SS allowed to proceed their reign of terror on British soil? Why did the govt of the day attempt to disguise up the occasions?

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21 In 1933, after he and his wife had returned to Britain, Scotland made a long tour throughout Germany. While in Stuttgart, they called on a German acquaintance by the name of Hauptman Schmidt. Scotland had got to know Schmidt in South America when the latter used to visit in his capacity as the representative from the ‘Colonial Institute’. Scotland soon realised that this was not all Schmidt was involved with: What intrigued me more than anything else, however, was the discovery that the [Hauptman’s] busy little ‘Colonial Institute’ was in fact an important centre of control for the activities of Germans living overseas.

As far back as 1903, Scotland had been closely involved in all things German. T. Ltd. Based in the small town of Ramonsdrift, on the border of the Cape Colony and German South-West Africa, Scotland had first arrived in South Africa with the intention of joining his brother and fighting the Boers. By the time he got there, however, the war was over: ‘. . there was nothing for it but to resume, in a new land, the unexciting pursuits of a civilian clerk . 2 Although the British war with the Boers – the second Boer War – was concluded in 1902, there was still much disquiet in the region.

While in Stuttgart, they called on a German acquaintance by the name of Hauptman Schmidt. Scotland had got to know Schmidt in South America when the latter used to visit in his capacity as the representative from the ‘Colonial Institute’. Scotland soon realised that this was not all Schmidt was involved with: What intrigued me more than anything else, however, was the discovery that the [Hauptman’s] busy little ‘Colonial Institute’ was in fact an important centre of control for the activities of Germans living overseas.

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