British Nazis: British Royals and other British Nazi sympathisers during World War II.
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The story of Britain’s forgotten fascists
The British might like to think of themselves as immune from Nazism, but Hitler had more sympathisers in the UK than anyone today chooses to remember, says Robert Hutton.
Nazi sympathisers in Britain and how MI5 managed to subvert them
Robert Hutton describes the activities of Nazi sympathisers in Britain during the Second World War and reveals how MI5 managed to subvert them
Two British female Nazi fanatics planned to kill Marshal Montgomery and General Eisenhower
Field Marshal Montgomery and General Eisenhower would have died in a hail of Nazi bullets under a plot by British traitors to sabotage D-Day by storming their London HQ. Two female fanatics planned a blood-bath – which could have delayed Hitler’s defeat for years – when Allied leaders met to discuss the invasion, MI5 files have revealed. But the pair, Marita Perigoe and Eileen Gleave, were being monitored by British secret agents.
Photos of The Duke of Windsor's trip to Nazi Germany in 1937 to be sold at auction
Photos of The Duke of Windsor's trip to Nazi Germany in 1937 are to be sold at an auction for more £1,000. The pictures show the Queen's uncle, Edward VIII, who had abdicate the previous year, meeting Adolf Hitler and other top ranking Nazis. It was on this trip that he made a Nazi salute surrounded by uniformed fascists. That particular moment, which was revealed last year, is not part of the 60-picture collection on offer at Duke's auction house, in Dorchester.
Royal family`s Prince Charles Edward was on the Führer`s payroll
Hitler paid a Nazi-supporting member of the royal family to promote appeasement in meetings with the Queen`s father, George VI, and her uncle, Edward VIII, in the run-up to the Second World War, a new book reveals. Prince Charles Edward, a grandson of Queen Victoria, received a monthly retainer of 4,000 reichsmark (£16,000 in today`s money) from the Führer. He was privy to such secrets that in April 1945, as the allies advanced on Hitler`s Berlin bunker, the Führer ordered that the prince should not be allowed to fall into allied hands. The royal secrets — revealed in Go-Betweens for Hitler, published last week by Oxford University Press — have been unearthed by the historian Karina Urbach.
Secret 1933 film shows Edward VIII teaching this Nazi salute to the Queen
The Queen and Queen Mum raise a Nazi salute in an astonishing home movie shot at Balmoral and seen today for the first time. The film shows the then Princess Elizabeth, just seven, larking about in 1933. Egging on her sister Princess Margaret, three, is their uncle Prince Edward, Prince of Wales. He was a sympathiser towards Hitler`s Nazi Germany and became King Edward VIII. The stunning film footage of the Queen performing a Nazi salute is revealed by The Sun. The clip lay hidden for eight decades. The grainy home movie is thought to have been shot in 1933 or 1934, as Hitler rose to supreme power in Germany.
Video shows British Tory MP Aidan Burley's friend glorifying Nazi ideology, making a toast to the Third Reich
Friends of a Tory MP are "facing prosecution" for chanting offensive Nazi slogans in a restaurant at a French ski resort - where one of the party dressed in an SS uniform. Aidan Burley was with 12 friends, some of whom chanted "Hitler, Hitler, Hitler". One toasted the "Third Reich" and one taunted a waiter for being French. Members of the party now face prosecution after it was revealed examining judges were set to look at video footage of the incident. This is because under the French penal code it is a crime, unless required for a film, a play or a historical exhibition, to wear or exhibit in public anything reminiscent of what was worn or used by the Nazis.
The daughter of William Joyce (Lord Haw-Haw) appeals to have verdict for high treason overturned
Heather Iandolo, the daughter of William Joyce, the man nicknamed Lord Haw-Haw, appeals to the British authorities to have her father's guilty verdict for high treason, for which he was executed in 1946, overturned. Even at the time of his hanging at Wandsworth Prison on January 3, 1946, Joyce's conviction was controversial, because of the doubts about his nationality. The execution was also seen as a disagreeable penalty for someone who was treated by ordinary Britons as a figure of fun.
Photos and letters reveal Winston Churchill's relative's descent into Nazism
A collection of never-before-seen letters and photographs exposing the Nazi-sympathiser cousin of Sir Winston Churchill's wife have been unearthed in a loft in Dorset. George Pitt-Rivers, the cousin of Clementine Churchill, earned fame as a respected anthropologist after fighting as a captain in WW1. However, during the 1930s, he became a vocal supporter of National Socialism and eugenics. He formed strong links with Hitler's government and was eventually arrested as a Nazi sympathizer on the orders of his own cousin-in-law, Winston Churchill.
7-min video interview of Deborah Mitford, who danced with JFK and had tea with Hitler
7-minute video interview of Deborah Mitford - now Deborah Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire - whose interesting life includes dancing with JFK and having tea with Hitler. She also talks about her controversial sister Unity Mitford, who was a part of Adolf Hitler's inner circle of friends and confidants from 1936 onwards.
148-photograph file documents the British Legion's 1935 trip to Nazi Germany to meet Hitler, Goering and Hess
I was going through the shelves of the Royal British Legion when I noticed a huge red book, with a metal swastika on the front. The book fell open on a page that showed Hitler meeting the chairman of the British Legion, Major Francis Fetherston-Godley. The book was a 148-photograph report of a trip that the British Legion made to the Third Reich in July 1935, during which they met Führer, Rudolf Hess and the Luftwaffe boss Hermann Goering. One image shows German ex-servicemen in wheelchairs giving Nazi salutes as the British parade past with the Union flag - in another image Goering shows off his archery skills.
British men who wore the Waffen SS uniform (with three lions insignia) in pictures
At first glance, he seems to be a regular Waffen-SS corporal. But look the SS uniform a little closer and two upsetting clues emerge: On the man's right arm is a Union Flag shield, while his right collar tab has a strange insignia, the three lions of the Royal Standard of England. For this SS corporal was no ordinary Nazi. He was member of a little-known unit of the Waffen SS called the British Free Corps (BFC) - initially Legion of St Georg - a group of British and Commonwealth soldiers who decided to fight for the Nazis against the Soviets rather than spend the war in captivity as PoWs.
Children of pro-Nazi Blackshirt women live with shame in UK
Children of Blackshirt women, who joined Oswald Mosley's British Union of Fascists, had to live with the shame caused by their mother's fascist sympathies. In documentary films, the Blackshirts march in their paramilitary uniforms. The daughters of the aristocracy, like Diana Mitford, are well known, but many young girls were drawn in too. Julie Gottlieb (author of Feminine Fascism) says the first fascist political organisation in Britain was founded by a woman: "It was called the fascisti, then changed its name to the British Fascists and it was founded... in 1923, by a Miss Rotha Lintorn-Orman."
Strange World War II keepsake: Nazi traitor Lord Haw Haw's braces
Mary Scott has a strange World War II memento: a pair of braces that belonged to the Lord Haw Haw. She got the braces from his father Eddie Scott, a gunner in the Yorkshire Light Infantry, who guarded the cell where Lord Haw Haw, real name William Joyce, was kept after his capture on the German border with Denmark. Eddie and a fellow soldier had removed his braces, shoe laces and belt to prevent him committing suicide after he was taken prisoner. Lord Haw Haw, arrested for broadcasting Nazi propaganda, was the last man hanged for treason in the UK in January 1946.
Microphone used by Nazi traitor Lord Haw Haw to broadcast propaganda discovered, for sale
The microphone WW2 traitor Lord Haw Haw (William Joyce) used to broadcast Nazi propaganda has been discovered, with a collection of scripts. The items, seized by soldier Cyril Millwood when the Allies invaded Nazi Germany in 1945, will be sold at auction. Millwood's regiment captured the radio station in Hamburg where Joyce had been broadcasting from only days before. One script reads: "From the Fuhrer's Headquarters. The German Supreme Command: On the third day of the big defensive battle in front of Berlin, the Bolsheviks threw manpower and material into battle on an unprecedented scale... The valiant German troops withstood the massive enemy onslaught."
Britain's Nazi King - Documentary film about Edward VIII
Edward VIII's pro-German views made him a source of concern for the British government. "He'd always admired Hitler. He was, frankly, very pro-Nazi," says John Julius Norwich. Edward's affair with Wallis Simpson - an American with a racy past, who was even more pro-fascist than Edward - was of great worry to the Royal Family. In 1936, Edward gave up the throne. The couple married as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor in 1937, and went on a tour of Nazi Germany, finally settling in Portugal. While Adolf Hitler plotted to seize the duke and use him as a puppet king, Churchill banished him to the Bahamas - where he could do the least damage to the British war effort.
Last reunion for Jews who, after the WW2, returned to Britain to fight the Mosley's Nazis
They returned from war as heroes. But the British Jews who won medals defeating Nazi Military machine were horrified to see fascist salutes on the streets of Britain. Oswald Mosley, whose British Union of Fascists preached anti-Semitism before the war, was freed from internment in 1946. His Blackshirts, dressed like Nazi stormtroopers, were revived. Jewish houses were marked, Jews were beaten and harassed in the streets: "Not enough Jews were burned in Belsen." In April 1946, 43 men and women (war heroes like Gerry Flamberg, who won the Military Medal at Arnhem, and Tommy Gould, a submariner who won the Victoria Cross) set up the 43 Group to out-fascist the fascists.
Vidal Sassoon: wiping out Sir Oswald Mosley's far-right movement after WWII
Vidal Sassoon, anti-fascist warrior-hairdresser, has recited his days as a foot-soldier for an underground anti-fascist group committed to wiping out Sir Oswald Mosley's far-Right movement after World War II. Sassoon was a member of the 43 Group, formed in 1946 by Jewish ex-servicemen who returned from the frontline only to see that Mosley, the leader of the British Union of Fascists, was spreading his message in London. The 43 Group was dedicated to breaking up meetings of "Mosleyites" and Sassoon was an eager street-fighter. The story is told in a BBC Radio 4 documentary "Archive Hour: A Rage In Dalston".
Eton-educated Aga Khan offered 30,000 armed Arabs to help Hitler - evaded treason trial
Britain dropped (for fear it would inflame Muslims) a plan to charge the Aga Khan's grandfather Sultan Muhammad Shah (Aga Khan III) with treason in spite of evidence that he offered to aid Adolf Hitler. Evidence emerged when the Allies seized Nazi archives. In a 1942 memo to the German Foreign Office by a Nazi agent, Aga Khan III (Eton-educated racehorse owner) offered to raise troops in the Middle East to fight the Free French: "I will have for you 30,000 armed Arabs, amongst my most faithful disciples, who will shoot the Gaullistes in the back." ... to back a German occupation of Egypt, Syria and Palestine.
Unity Mitford had Adolf Hitler’s love child?
Unity Mitford had been so entwined in the Führer’s inner circle that secret services described her as "more Nazi than the Nazis". When Britain declared war on the Third Reich in 1939, Mitford was so devastated that she shot herself in the head with a pearl-handled pistol in Munich. She traveled back to Britain living as an invalid in the Cotswolds until her death in 1948. Martin Bright describes a phone call he got from Val Hann: "She explained that her aunt Betty Norton had run a maternity home ... and that Unity Mitford had been one of her clients." When asked who the father might be, Hann paused before replying: "Well, she always said it was Hitler’s."
Hitler's Favourite Royal - The story of Prince Charles Edward
Where does sensitive covering of a tricky subject end and unmerited sympathy begin? Take the story of Prince Charles Edward: Born in 1884 he was Queen Victoria`s youngest grandchild, first cousin of a king, a kaiser and a tsar, yet safely at the back of the line of succession so destined for a life of privilege as a minor member of the British Royal Family. Yet he became a senior German general in World War I and later one of Adolf Hitler`s confidants and champions. What cannot be interpreted as tragic was Charles Edward`s embracing of Nazism. As one of the first of the old elite to endorse Hitler he may well have been "instrumental" in his rise to power.
Prince Charles Edwards: The Nazi relative that british Royals renounced
At a P-o-W camp in Germany, after the death of Adolf Hitler and the fall of the Third Reich, a 60-year-old man, crippled by arthritis, walked unsteadily round a rubbish dump and found an old tin can. Starving, he pulled up grass to add to the thin soup his American captors allowed him for living. No one looking at him would have believed that this hopeless figure had once been one of the richest and highest-ranking men in Britain, a royal duke, the grandson of Queen Victoria, a Knight of the Garter, and the first cousin of kings and emperors -- all that before he was ostracised, labeled a 'traitor peer' in Britain.
Oswald Mosley's son to hail his father's Cable Street humiliation
Sir Oswald Mosley, the leader of the British Union of Fascists in the Thirties, dreamed of becoming Britain's Hitler. In a poll for BBC History magazine, the anti-semitic Mosley was voted the worst Briton of the 20th century. His son Nicholas Mosley will be a guest of the East End Celebration Society to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street, when around 300,000 people rallied to force back a march by Mosley and his army of "Blackshirts". On 4 October 1936 Mosley planned to march down Cable Street with around 3,000 supporters in military-style uniforms that imitated the Nazis.
Third Reich and the British Royals in Nazi uniforms (Article no longer available from the original source)
One picture stands out among the many photographs included in this book. A teenage Prince Philip is shown in the front row at the 1937 funeral procession in Germany of his sister and brother-in-law (Nazi Party members both), who had died in an air crash. But what grabs the attention is not just the young man in his dark formal clothes, but the contrast Philip presents with the relatives flanking him, all of whom are in Nazi uniform. They are his 3 remaining brothers-in-law, including Prince Christoph of Hesse in SS regalia, as well as Christoph's brother, Prince Philipp of Hesse, decked out in the garb of the equally sinister SA, the Nazi Party's own army.
The rise and fall of British fascists - Review of three books
"Mosley, Hitler, what are they for? Thuggery, buggery, hunger and war," chanted fascism's opponents in the 1930s. Rarely can a mere slogan have been so accurate. Biography of Oswald Mosley traces British fascism back to Guild Socialism mixed with notions of Friederich Nietzsche. As Mosley's New Party transformed itself into the New Movement then the British Union of Fascists, "fascist ideology" foundered on such issues as whether the paymaster was Hitler or Mussolini, who criticised Nazi anti-semitism as it was giving fascism a bad name, so Mosley followed his tune in order to extract £60,000 a year from Italy.
Oswald Mosley was a financial crook bankrolled by Nazis
Oswald Mosley and his British Union of Fascists received huge sums of money from Hitler to fund their pre-war activities, a book to be published reveals. In his book, Blackshirt, Mr Dorril shows that Mosley received money in cash, carried in by a man known as "Agent 18", who was almost certainly Franz Wrede, a henchman of Josef Goebbels. Dorril citesextracts from the recently published diaries of Goebbels. "Mosley needs money," Goebbels recorded in 1937. "Wants it from us. Has already had £2,000 [78,000 at today's prices]. £100,000 [3.4 million] necessary. £60,000 [2.04 million] promised. Must submit to Fuhrer."
MI5 saved goddaughter of the late king George V from jail
MI5 documents now reveal Dowager Viscountess Dorothy Downe had her mail intercepted at her home but was not interned. She was noted in official files as a "most fanatical admirer of Hitler" but not involved in pro-Nazi propaganda. However, unlike some other fascist aristocrats, she avoided jail. The newly released file records that Lady Downe was also said to have "for some time almost entirely supported the National Fascists out of her own pocket".
Prince Philip talks frankly about his family's good ties with the Nazis
Prince Philip has broken a 60-year silence about his family's links with the Nazis. He said they found Adolf Hitler's attempts to restore Germany's power 'attractive' and admitted they had 'inhibitions about the Jews'. The revelations come in a book about royalty kowtowing to the Nazis, which features photos never published in the UK. They include one of Philip at the 1937 funeral, flanked by relatives in Brownshirt and SS uniforms. Another one shows his sister Sophia sitting opposite Hitler at the wedding of Hermann and Emmy Goering. "There was a lot of enthusiasm for the Nazis... we were anti-Communist and who knew what was going to happen to the regime?"
Secret files reveal WW2 problem of Nazi nobles (Article no longer available from the original source)
Newly-released papers show the scale of suspicion and fear around the British High Command during the Second World War. It has emerged that intelligence chiefs faced a dilemma over how many aristocrats with Nazi sympathies they should arrest, amid fears that interning too many would inflate their importance. MI5 spied on a god-daughter of the late King George V, Dowager Viscountess Dorothy Downe, noting her as a "most fanatical admirer of Hitler" and intercepting her mail.
Prince Harry's Nazi gaffe sparked anti-Semitism: report (Article no longer available from the original source)
Prince Harry's much-criticized gaffe of wearing a Nazi uniform to a costume party helped to trigger 10 anti-Semitic attacks on Britain's Jews, a report says. The Community Security Trust (CST) also said comments by London mayor Ken Livingstone had contributed to anti-Semitic incidents. Prince Harry, sparked outrage when he was pictured wearing a Nazi uniform at a costume party 2 weeks before Holocaust memorial celebrations. Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, later apologized. "This revelation and the ensuing furor were the trigger for 10 anti-Semitic incidents in which the perpetrators made direct reference to Prince Harry," the report said.
MI5 file reveals a plot to set up a puppet Nazi government in Scotland (Article no longer available from the original source)
The former SNP leader Arthur Donaldson plotted to set up a puppet Nazi government in Scotland, according to a recently released wartime spy report. An MI5 file on Mr Donaldson, who led the SNP from 1961 to 1969, claims that he conspired to set up a Vichy-style regime with himself as a "Scottish Quisling" in the wake of Hitler's widely-anticipated invasion.
When Rothermere urged Hitler to invade Romania
The proprietor of the Daily Mail congratulated Adolf Hitler on his annexation of Czechoslovakia and urged him to capitalise on the "triumph'' with a march into Romania, newly released documents have revealed. The first Lord Rothermere made the remarks in a letter intercepted by the security service during surveillance of a suspected German agent. But MI5 shied away from taking action against the press baron, whose sympathy for Oswald Mosley's Blackshirts was already well-known.
Prince Charles Edward joined the Nazi party before the WW2 (Article no longer available from the original source)
The Royal Family has had a closer brush with Nazism than fancy dress within living memory. Prince Charles Edward, a first cousin of the Queen's grandfather, joined the Nazi party before the Second World War and was fined by a de-Nazification tribunal after Germany's defeat. Charles Edward gave glowing reports of life under Hitler to his cousin Edward VIII. In the 1930s, Charles Edward joined the German National People's Party, which in 1933 went into coalition with Hitler's Nazis. When it was dissolved Charles Edward became a Nazi.
Secrets of Hitler's English friend Diana Mosley finally told
The wife of the UK's leading fascist and a staunch friend of Hitler, Diana Mosley confided her secrets on condition they would not be aired in her lifetime. Now, following her death in August, her extraordinary life has been laid bare. Published in 1977, Diana Mosley's autobiography presents a highly selective account of a highly life. There was much she wanted to hide. It was on Oswald Mosley's behalf that she began travelling to Germany. Befriending Hitler, Goebbels and other members of the Nazi inner sanctum, Diana worked to help establish a BUF radio station in Germany.
Diana Mosley, unrepentantly Nazi and effortlessly charming
The death of Diana Mosley brings to an end one of the most curious questions of British upper-class etiquette: how does one deal socially with an unrepentant Nazi? Jan Dalley's generally sympathetic 1999 biography of Lady Mosley, recorded that during a Hyde Park rally in October 1935, she silently gave the Heil Hitler salute when the rest of the crowd was singing God Save the King. And that was before she married Sir Oswald Mosley. She helped to finance the British Union of Fascists until the death of its organiser, Jeffrey Hamm, in 1994, often attending their annual dinners.
Diana Mosley, Sir Oswald's widow, dies in Paris at 93
Diana Mosley, the widow of Sir Oswald Mosley and one of the celebrated Mitford sisters, died aged 93 at her flat in Paris. Diana Mosley, regarded as the most beautiful of the daughters of Lord and Lady Redesdale, was also the most controversial. She left her first husband and embarked on an affair with Sir Oswald, the leader of the British Union of Fascists. They were married in Joseph Goebbels's drawing room in Berlin in 1936. Adolf Hitler gave them a silver-framed photograph of himself as a wedding present. Their high regard for the Nazis before war broke out damned the Mosleys for ever in the eyes of the British public.