9780814782866

The Enemy Within

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  • ISBN13:

    9780814782866

  • ISBN10:

    0814782868

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2004-08-01
  • Publisher: New York Univ Pr

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Summary

While the Second World War produced numerous acts of self-sacrifice, it also made many people rich. The criminal activities of the British underworld that extended from the civilian population right through to the armed forces constitute one of the great untold stories of the war. The Blitz of 1940 may have made a nation of heroes, but in the shadows the shelter gangs and looters prowled.Acclaimed author Donald Thomas draws on extensive archival material for these tales of profiteering. He retells how between 1940 and 1941 a Liverpool ship repairer cheated the government of the modern equivalent of $30 million, while $120 million a month was looted from relief supplies at the port of Trieste. Professional gangs raided British government offices for ration books, and underground presses counterfeited gasoline and clothing coupons by the tens of thousands. Illegal food supplies threatened the nation's health--a consignment of black market sausages in Hackney contained tuberculous meat, while the industrial alcohol, or "hooch", served to pilots in London's West End clubs could produce blindness and brain damage.The Enemy Withinalso recounts colossal theft within the army. Vehicles would arrive at front line railheads stripped of tools, spare parts, and removable components, and whole consignments of cigarettes and razor blades disappeared.In addition to these stories,The Enemy Withinincludes revealing photos of known law-breakers, victims, and illegal transactions. The facts Thomas uncovers are often so preposterous that in a novel they would seem unbelievable. These are the extraordinary and often absurd stories of less-than-heroic Britons.

Table of Contents

Illustrations
ix
Preface xi
The Lost Peace
1(15)
`Don't You Know There's a War On?'
16(30)
Running for Cover: The Dodgers and the Dealers
46(21)
The Bomb Lark
67(26)
Deeds of Darkness
93(13)
Opportunity Knocks: The Civilians
106(25)
Under the Counter
131(29)
Hot Off the Press
160(23)
`You're in the Army Now!'
183(13)
Pay Parade
196(24)
The Yanks Are Coming
220(29)
Clubland
249(26)
Going to the Dogs
275(17)
`Do Not Forget to Guard the Turkey in Your Car'
292(26)
The Misfits
318(34)
`Sacrifice Was No Longer in Fashion'
352(25)
`The Best Government that Money Can Buy'
377(17)
Notes 394(22)
Index 416

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