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  • The Nazi Hunters

  • The Ultra-Secret SAS Unit and the Hunt for Hitler's War Criminals
  • Written by: Damien Lewis
  • Narrated by: Chris MacDonnell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Categories: History, Military
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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The gripping "untold story" (Daily Mail) of the Secret Hunters, deep-cover British special forces who pursued Nazi fugitives from justice after World War II. 

In the late summer of 1944, 80 British Special Air Service (SAS) soldiers undertook a covert commando raid, parachuting behind enemy lines into the Vosges Mountains in occupied France to sabotage Nazi-held roads, railways, and ammo dumps, and assassinate high-ranking German officers, undermining the final stand of Hitler's Third Reich. Despite their successes, more than half the men were captured, tortured, and executed. 

Although the SAS was officially dissolved when the war ended, a top-secret black ops unit was formed, under Churchill's personal command, to hunt down the SS commanders who had murdered their special forces comrades, as well as war criminals from concentration camps who had eluded the Nuremberg trials. Under the cover of full deniability, “The Secret Hunters” waged a covert war of justice and retribution - uncovering the full horror of Hitler's regime as well as dark secrets of Stalin's Russia and the growing threat of what would become the Cold War.

©2015 Damien Lewis (P)2019 Tantor

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  • Paul Atwater
  • 2020-10-16

Fascinating and little known WW2 story

Lovers of WW2 history will find this story compelling. The first part of the book tells of the heroic exploits of the British SAS group the parachuted into occupied France, causing havoc and distracting German troops from Patton’s advance. The second half describes the courage of the French people in a small village who refused to give up the location of the SAS members, the brutality of the Germans to the villagers and the SAS, along with the relentless search to bring Nazi murderers to war crimes trials. This story is up there with The Forgotten 500 with its research and description of one of the war’s neglected stories.

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  • JOHN DAVIS
  • 2020-06-25

a fascinating story, previously untold

Today's population of under 30's should read and put their own lives and perceived problems in perspective. It also gives insight into the ways in which entrenched bureaucracies and fiefdoms of government grind down too often the initiative of individual and small groups.

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  • John
  • 2020-12-26

Great Book

The title and subtitle of this book pretty much tell you what it is about. It is a well written book that appears to be very well researched. It reads like a novel.

The men who fought this war are largely forgotten heroes as is the French resistance. The Nazi brutality, particularly against civilians, is disgusting.

It is disappointing to read of the battles the "hunters" had to fight within the British military. It is even more surprising to learn of the ultimate aftermath at the end of the book. Justice was only partially served.

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  • Three River
  • 2020-01-07

Sad and fascinating

I knew some of this but it was interesting to hear the full story. The sacrifices people make for the good and the shocking crimes sociopaths will make and think it is alright. Even more scary is fact how many war criminals where assisted in escaping justice