List of Allied traitors during World War II

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The following is a list of people from Allied countries suspected of treachery or treason during World War II. It is not a list of Nazi war criminals.

Canada[edit]

New Zealand[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

  • John Amery - Civilian - Guilty of treason, executed on 19 December 1945
  • George Johnson Armstrong - Civilian - Guilty of treachery, executed on 10 July 1941
  • Norman Baillie-Stewart - Guilty of "committing an act likely to assist the enemy", sentenced to 5 years in jail
  • Harold Cole - Soldier - A con man,thief and deserter who betrayed escaped airmen and French Resistance members to the Gestapo - killed by French Police 1945. See http://www.rafinfo.org.uk/rafescape/guerisse.htm
  • Thomas Haller Cooper - member of Waffen-SS - Guilty of treason, sentence of death was commuted to life imprisonment - released 1953
  • Oswald John Job - Civilian - London-born son of German parents - "may well have been an informer" within St Denis internment camp[1]- Guilty of treachery, executed on 16 March 1944
  • William Joyce - Civilian - Guilty of treason, executed on 3 January 1946
  • Roy Walter Purdy - Merchant Navy officer,[2] propaganda broadcaster and informer at Colditz, details of prosecution and trial available at [3][4][5][6][7][8][9] "reprieved on the grounds that [he] had been [a follower] in treason rather than [a leader] ... released from prison ... in December 1954... went to live with his ‘wife’ and child in Germany"[10] - died in 1982.[11] An alternative version is that 'Instead of trying to trace his German wife Margarete and his son, Purdy married his childhood sweetheart, never revealing his childhood past to his wife. For many years he worked as a quality control inspector in an Essex car factory. He died from lung cancer in 1982.[12] The National Archives holds a Foreign Office file relating to a request for assistance in obtaining travel documents to enter the Federal Republic of Germany under reference FO 371/109708 and Security Service files on him under references KV 2/259 to KV 2/261.
  • Theodore Schurch - Soldier - Guilty of treachery, executed on 4 January 1946
  • Duncan Scott-Ford - Merchant seaman - Guilty of treachery, executed on 3 November 1942

Gibraltar (UK Crown Dependency)[edit]

  • Jose Estelle Key - Civilian - Guilty of treachery, executed on 7 July 1942 at Wandsworth Prison, London, England

United States of America[edit]

  • Iva Toguri D'Aquino - Guilty, jailed for 6 years. Pardoned 1977-because of perjured testimony. Died 2006
  • Velvalee Dickinson - Guilty of Spying for the Japanese. Jailed. Died 1980
  • Mildred Gillars - Guilty, jailed, released in 1961. Died 1988
  • Tomoya Kawakita - Guilty, sentenced to death, commuted to life imprisonment, pardoned in 1963 and deported to Japan.
  • Martin James Monti - Guilty and served time in prison post World War II twice 1946-1947 and from 1948 to 1960. Died 2000
  • Ezra Pound - mentally unfit to stand trial. Died 1972
  • Robert Henry Best - Guilty, sentenced to life in prison. Died 1952.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Adrian Weale. Renegades: Hitler's Englishmen. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2nd edition, 2014
  2. ^ Weale, Adrian (2014-11-12). Renegades (Kindle Location 1886). Random House. Kindle Edition
  3. ^ "High Treason Charge." Times, London, England, 18 Oct. 1945: 2. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 14 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Aiding Enemy Charges." Times, London, England, 2 Nov. 1945: 2. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 14 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Alleged work for Germans." Times, London, England, 21 Nov. 1945: 2. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 14 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Engineer Sentenced To Death For Treason." Times, London, England, 22 Dec. 1945: 2. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 14 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Traitors Tried." Times, London, England, 2 Jan. 1946: 10. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 14 May 2015.
  8. ^ "News in Brief." Times, London, England, 28 Jan. 1946: 2. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 14 May 2015.
  9. ^ "News in Brief." Times, London, England, 7 Feb. 1946: 2. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 14 May 2015.
  10. ^ Weale, Adrian (2014-11-12). Renegades (Kindle Location 3356-3358). Random House. Kindle Edition
  11. ^ Walters, Guy (22 March 2010). "Hitler's British SS". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 12 January 2015. 
  12. ^ Sean Murphy. Letting the Side Down: British Traitors of the Second World War, PP215-6; London: The History Press Ltd, 2005. ISBN 0-7509-4176-6