The Enemy Within - German POW's and Civilians in North Wales during WW1, by Robert H. Griffiths
Book published by Carreg Gwalch in 2017, 240 pages. Paperback (N6838X1)
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Brand New Book
From the rear side cover: In this, his third First World War related book, with the emphasis on the northern part of Wales, Robert H. Griffiths provides fresh insights into a plethora of themes and topics which make for absorbing reading.
The decision to intern long-term, thousands of ‘alien men’, mainly Germans, residing in Britain at the outbreak of war, produced serious humanitarian and logistical problems.The Welsh and English born wives and children of such interned ‘alien enemies’ found themselves branded as ‘The Enemy Within', and treated as such by the British authorities, and by their fellow citizens. Many having to endure great hardships, for some it was the dreaded workhouse.
Germanophobia and spy fever abounded in Britain. Now anyone and everyone, especially those having a ‘foreign’ sounding name or accent were suspected of being a German spy.Britain was also forced to deal with enemy prisoners of war on a large scale, including ‘dangerous’ commanders and officers from German U-Boats. Such intelligent, focused, highly motivated and resourceful officers were interned at Dyffryn Aled, in north-eastern Wales. From here escapes were made, including probably the most audacious one of the entire war, on either side.
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