We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in Gods good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old… Winston Churchill


We have illustrated this post with some of the notables from the Gestapo arrest list for England.

The last ditch : Britain’s secret resistance and the Nazi invasion plan  David Lampe ; introduction by Gary Sheffield Hardcover. 219 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.  Includes bibliographical references and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

Novelists, playwrights, and theorists have often toyed with the question, what would have happened if the Germans had occupied Britain in 1940? Based on years of persistent detective work, Last Ditch investigates the German plans and the countermeasures undertaken through the specially formed British Resistance Organization. The very existence of this Resistance movement remained a secret for more than two decades until the silence was finally broken by Lampe.

Few would have escaped oppression. There was to be mass deportation, wholesale appropriations of the country’s agricultural, mineral, and industrial produce, and widespread arrests, as revealed in the notorious Gestapo Arrest List – reprinted in full.

Although they never went into action, the Resistance was ready and waiting: the last ditch of Britain’s defense. So successful was their organization that they became the model for the Resistance and underground movements that were to arise all over occupied Europe. In telling their story, Lampe relates one of the best-kept secrets of WWII and offers insight into what might have been.

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