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The Resource An underworld at war : spivs, deserters, racketeers & civilians in the Second World War, Donald Thomas

An underworld at war : spivs, deserters, racketeers & civilians in the Second World War, Donald Thomas

Label
An underworld at war : spivs, deserters, racketeers & civilians in the Second World War
Title
An underworld at war
Title remainder
spivs, deserters, racketeers & civilians in the Second World War
Statement of responsibility
Donald Thomas
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"While the Second World War produced numerous acts of self-sacrifice, it also made many people rich. The criminal activities of the 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." "The profits of civilian racketeering dwarfed the rewards of smash-and-grab or safebreaking, though these continued apace. Between 1940 and 1941 a Liverpool ship-repairer cheated the government of the modern equivalent of [pound]20,000,000, while [pound]80,000,000 a month was looted from relief supplies at the port of Trieste. Professional gangs raided government offices for ration books, and underground presses counterfeited petrol and clothing coupons in their 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 West End clubs could produce blindness and brain damage. The scale of theft in the army was also colossal. Vehicles would arrive at front-line railheads stripped of tools, spare parts and removable components, and whole consignments of cigarettes, razor-blades and NAAFI stores disappeared." "Donald Thomas draws on extensive archive material to tell the extraordinary and frequently ludicrous story of these less-than-heroic Britons. The facts he uncovers are often so preposterous that in a novel they would seem unbelievable."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
UKM
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1926-
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Thomas, Donald
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Crime
  • Criminals
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
Label
An underworld at war : spivs, deserters, racketeers & civilians in the Second World War, Donald Thomas
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 394-415) and index
Control code
b70015617486
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xv, 429 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9780719557323
Other physical details
ill.
Label
An underworld at war : spivs, deserters, racketeers & civilians in the Second World War, Donald Thomas
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 394-415) and index
Control code
b70015617486
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xv, 429 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9780719557323
Other physical details
ill.

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