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by Owen Sheers

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    Feb 2008, 320 pages
    Feb 2009, 320 pages

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The British Resistance

During WWII, Winston Churchill initiated the British Resistance Organization, or Auxiliary Units, as preparation for the expected invasion of the British Isles by Nazi Germany. In Owen Sheers's alternative history, the Nazis succeed, and the insurgents mobilize at once. A highly secretive organization, the resistance primarily employed farmers and countrymen with an intimate knowledge of their locality who would be able to live off the land, isolated from a larger military force, staying behind to fight after occupation. While many were drawn from the Home Guard (local volunteers otherwise ineligible for military service, usually due to age) and operated under their guise, others were sworn to absolute secrecy, even from their wives and families. Thousands of men trained clandestinely on weekends in guerilla warfare, sabotage and spying, and were given caches of arms, hidden in underground bunkers in the hills. The Resistance ...

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