Freddie McEvoy was the first Australian to win a medal at any Winter Olympics, world champion several times over in bobsledding and amateur racing car driver who mixed it with the best in the world. He was also a bounder, cad, scoundrel, rascally rapscallion, rake, lover, brawler, black-marketeer, smuggler, suspected Nazi spy and suspected Allied double agent.

He was a playboy who cavorted with the rich and famous of the 1930s and 40s, a dashing charmer who always seemed to have money although he never worked for a living, and he was the swashbuckling best mate of Hollywood star swashbuckler and fellow Aussie larrikin Errol Flynn. Armed only with his charm, wit and his skills in the bedroom, Freddie set out to win the hearts – and money – of wealthy women to support his extravagant and scandalous life. And they couldn’t pay up fast enough!

Freddie was the original international man of mystery - pursued by the FBI, the CIA and MI6 until a mysterious yacht wreck off the coast of Morocco where he died a hero - or did he? His death haunted the Australian Menzies government for the next 13 years.

How Australia and its Allies betrayed our Anzacs and let Nazi and Japanese war criminals go free.

Experiments on living Australian prisoners of war; Australians fighting in Nazi uniforms; Nazis hired by ASIO and encouraged to settle in Australia; the Pope, CIA and MI6 helping the worst Nazi war criminals escape justice; Allied corporations trading with the enemy; US multi-millionaires financing Hitler and plotting a fascist coup in Washington; bizarre experiments by Japanese scientists cutting up POWs while still alive and dropping plague flea bombs; the undercover operation to get Nazi and Japanese scientists to work for Australia, the US and UK…..these are just some of the incredible buried stories revealed in Traitors.

The book reveals the reasons why Australia and the Allies let so many Nazi and Japanese war criminals go free after the war. It also delves into the question of whether Tasmanian swashbuckling hero Errol Flynn was a Nazi spy – many of his best friends certainly were.

An extraordinary series of revelations of the dark hidden side of World War Two, an ugly side of war that was buried deep where it was never meant to see the light of day…..until now.

 

 

Commandos tells amazing true stories of daring raids behind enemy lines by Australians and New Zealanders in World War 2. These incredible heroes, drawn from the best of the navy, army and air force, were key to some of the most deadly and dangerous secret operations of the war. Descriptions of what these men – and women – went through are simply astounding and should never be forgotten.

The stories include the daring commando raid on the dry dock at St Nazaire; a heroic midget submarine attack on the German battleship Tirpitz; a staggeringly bold canoe raid laying limpet mines on Japanese ships in Singapore and the disastrous attempt to recreate the raid a year later; the lone bravery of the coast watchers – including one woman who defied the Japanese and kept transmitting; Kiwis of the Long Range Desert Group; the famous Dam Busters bombing raid and men armed only with guts and guile in the Great Escape; fighting alongside headhunters in Borneo and wild tribal warriors in Ethiopia. The stories also include individual acts of extreme heroism such as the Australian woman who fought alongside the French Resistance for years, and the commando who was left alone to fight against overwhelming odds on a Pacific Island.

The chilling expose of our secret nuclear shame and betrayal of our troops and country.

The facts are shocking. The treachery is chilling. The fallout ongoing. 

 

During the 1950s–60s, with the blessing of Prime Minister Robert Menzies, the British government used Australia as its nuclear laboratory. They exploded twelve atomic bombs on Australian soil – at the Monte Bello Islands, Emu Field and Maralinga. Sixteen thousand Australian servicemen were guinea pigs.

RAAF pilots were ordered to fly into nuclear mushroom clouds, soldiers told to walk in radioactive ground zero, sailors retrieved highly contaminated debris – none of them aware of the dangers they faced.

But the betrayal didn’t end with our servicemen. Secret monitoring stations were set up around the continent to measure radiation levels and a clandestine decades-long project stole bones from dead babies to see how much fallout had contaminated their small bodies – their grieving parents were never told.

Investigative journalist Frank Walker’s Maralinga is a must-read true story of scientists treating an entire population as lab rats and politicians sacrificing their own people in the pursuit of power. 

 

39 Australian soldiers, Vietnam, 1969

The army denied they existed

What were they trying to hide?