The Traitor

Written by Guy Walters
Review by Ray Thompson

The British Free Corps, one of the most curious of the often absurd “volunteer” non-German units of the Waffen SS, was a failed attempt by Himmler’s agents to recruit pro-Nazi soldiers from among British POWs and fascists. Captive British agent John Lockhart becomes an unwilling member in order to guarantee the safety of his imprisoned wife and to aid his country in fighting Germany. While the actual history of the British Free Corps is infinitely more mundane, the author’s tale is full of twists, plots, and counterplots that would make Le Carré envious. The thugs in the tiny Free Corps unit are the least interesting of the multinational players brought in to both aid and frustrate Captain Lockhart as he pursues his goals while waging his unique, and highly dangerous, war.