Penarth Literary Festival: Paul Moorcraft- Churchill’s German Special Forces

The existence of German-speaking units fighting for the Allied cause during WW2 has largely remained a well-kept secret. In his ground-breaking new book, leading historian and foreign correspondent Paul Moorcraft uncovers the elite refugee troops who took the war to Hitler. Paul will be in conversation with fellow author and historian, Phil Carradice.

About Churchill’s German Special Forces:
Seventy-five years on from World World II, it is important to fully acknowledge contribution these units’ made to victory. Prime Minister Winston Churchill had no qualms about using native German speakers from Austria, Poland, Czechoslovakia and of course Germany itself. The majority were Jews who had fled persecution. Two examples of these secret units were X Troop Commandos and the Special Interrogation Group. The SIG men deserve their legendary status. They fought, and often died, wearing Wehmacht uniform, and one detachment even drew Nazi pay. Inevitably once the existence of SIG units became known, their immediate execution on capture was ordered, unless their temporary reprieve would reveal intelligence under torture.

Discover how Churchill’s initiative was copied by both the Americans and the Russians. Post-war SIG and X Troop survivors joined British special forces or were used to hunt down Nazi war criminals. All this and more is covered in this ground-breaking new book.

PROFESSOR PAUL MOORCRAFT grew up in Ely, Cardiff; after 40 years traveling, he returned to Wales two years ago and now lives in Penarth. He has been a film producer, war correspondent in 30 conflict zones, taught full time (consecutively) at ten international universities and is the author of over 50 books. For five years he was a senior instructor at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, and then the high-level UK Joint Services Command and Staff College. Because of his direct experiences with facing Russian troops and working in Ukraine, he has been doing TV and radio interviews daily from his home, both for the BBC and many Arabic stations.


Jun 18 2023


8:00 am - 6:00 pm




All Saints Lesser Hall


Griffin Books