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How ‘socialist’ was National Socialism?

Dissertation cover

This dissertation addresses a long-running argument between historians, political scientists and commentators regarding the political and ideological orientation of the NSDAP, more generally known as the Nazis.  Were they a party of the Right or the Left?  There has been a consensus since the Second World War that both fascism and National Socialism are far-Right ideologies, but Hitler described himself as a socialist and there were several bitterly fought battles within the Party for the control of its political direction.  Also, the very concept of ‘socialism’ as a political doctrine is examined in depth using historical and political arguments.  The dissertation is available as a Kindle edition from Amazon and has received some highly favourable reviews.  [18,000 words, 53 pages.]

The Czechoslovak Air Force in Britain, 1940-45

This long study (224 pages) examines the history of a small but highly motivated group of men who found themselves far from home after the German occupation of Bohemia and Moravia in 1939. Many of them were ready to fight in the Battle for France in 1940, but when they arrived in Britain after the French collapse, they were caught up in political difficulties which many of them did not understand and much less cared for. This dissertation explores the complexities of the Czechoslovak Air Force in Britain, drawing on original archive materials from both nations. Their situation is also compared to that of the Polish Air Force in exile. The entire thesis is available for FREE here.

Flying for Freedom (2011)

This book is a reprint of Airmen in Exile (2000) and it covers the wider range of exiled air forces operating from the British mainland during the Second World War.  These were the Free French, Polish, Norwegians, Belgians, Czechoslovaks and the Dutch who all struggled to overcome political and military difficulties before proving themselves to be first class aviators and warriors.  Most of the emphasis falls upon the Czechoslovaks and the Poles because although the others went home at the war’s end to welcome the restoration of democracy, the east Europeans returned to face a new tyranny in the form of Soviet communism. Available from Amazon as a Kindle or paperback edition.

The Introduction to the book can be read here.

The Czechoslovak Forces in Exile, 1940-45

The 11th Battalion outside Tobruk in 1941

Behind the military contributions of the Czechoslovak Army and Air Force, many political intrigues raged on between the British government and the Czechoslovak government-in-exile headed by Dr Edvard Beneš.  The two papers available here explore those aspects.  The Czechoslovak Armed Forces in Britain examines the background of both the army and air contingents that arrived in 1940, and The Army of Lords looks specifically at the Czechoslovak Independent Brigade from its formation, its deployment to Europe after D-Day, and its eventual return home.