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"In Farleigh Field" by Rhys Bowen
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the TV series "Foley's War". This information from
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On a peripheral note, we also get a glimpse of the views, thoughts, and preoccupation of that earlier time, the lifting of war rationing in Britain, and the fact that the British incompetence at guarding secrets was skillfully exploited by the Russians in order to drive a wedge between Britain and the United States.
The case moved from Old Bailey to the Victorian Gothic styled Law Courts to the House of Lords at the Parliament Houses, exquisite medieval architecture blended with mediocre Victorian Gothic. William Joyce had not seemed to fit in anywhere. He was educated but seemed not to be. He would never have held a conventional academic position. Joyce, moving to Germany, recruited speakers for radio broadcasts in the camps of British internees. Joyce's employer was the Concordia Bureau, part of Goebbels' Propaganda Office.
Most of the members of the British Free Corps, a unit organized to fight with the Germans, were men gathered from the POW camps. Thomas Haller Cooper, former member of the S.S., was tried for treason. The son of a German mother, he had recruited men for the British Free Corps. A British agent had observed his acts. All in all the civil authorities brought four major figures, William Joyce,the previously mentioned broadcaster, John Amery of the British Free Corps, Walter Purdy, an informer, and the Cooper, noted above, to trial for treason.
Prior to capure Mr. and Mrs. Joyce lived in the German forests. William Joyce had not bothered to learn identifying details pertaining to his forged passport. He had been wounded and was ill from malnutrition and exposure. In his statement he claimed his acts had been motivated by a desire to reconcile German and English interests. After his wartime experiences he came to feel that Brixton Prison was not such a bad place. William Joyce was only one growth from a fascist stem. Rebecca West contends he was a newer type of facist leader, someone drawn from an unremarkable home. He suffered from a failure to please. (Sir Oswald Mosley was an aristocrat with a flaw.)
Some months after Joyce was executed, Allan Nunn May was prosecuted under the Official Secrets Act for giving Atomic Energy Project research to a Russian agent. He received ten years at penal servitude. John Amery had lived abroad by necessity since he was a bankrupt. His family supported him. He had been an aide to Franco. In his trial for treason he pled guilty. It was a case of mandatory execution since no alternatives to death were present in the act.
The author also describes the military trials for treason she observed and the flawed characters of those defendants. Interestingly she portrays the post-war landscape of England and the damage to notable civilian structures caused by the night bombing campaigns of Germany. Her analysis of the issues relevant to the matter of treason is first rate.
Just substitute USSR with Iran, and USA with Israel. ((As perceived by many, Iran's nuclear program threatens to break Israel's regional monopoly of weapons of mass destruction, which is the main reason it is under immense pressure to abandon uranium enrichment.))
The late Mr. William Joyce (Lord Haw Haw !!!) and Mr. John Amery could not rally international support to vindicate their cause vis-a vis the Victors' Tribunals that could have cleared them of accusation, blame, suspicion, or doubt with supporting proof, if they wished so.
The USA and the UK did not need to seek international support against the so called ""Traitors"".
The verdits, with todays standards, look extremely CRUEL.
Reading Dame Rebecca West account is interesting to see how the ""traitors"" were condemned on ""crimes"" that had less to do with international terror and more with creating "destabilizing" force in the post WWII world. .......""Our task is equivalent to walking on a tightrope over an abyss, but the continued survival of our species through the ages shows that, if we human beings have a talent, it is for tightrope-walking""