Field of Shadows: The English Cricket Tour of Nazi Germany 1937

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He was in his early 50s, and his team was the Gentlemen of Worcestershire.

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They were gentlemen of leisure, as he was, or successful businessmen with time to spare, or the sons of such men; four of the team had actually played first-class cricket—as amateurs. The English won three games easily.


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The German players were short of experience the LBW rule utterly defeated them. Their strength was a bowling attack led by Felix Menzel, who had first played against an English team before the first world war. Cricket breeds fanatical followers, and Mr Waddell believes he might have found in Menzel a prize specimen.

Shortly after the British army arrived in Berlin in July , Menzel and four companions walked out of the ruins and asked an officer if he would arrange a game of cricket for them. Such undying devotion to the game in a singularly hostile environment, says Mr Waddell, means that, among cricket obsessives, no one can lay a glove on Menzel.

Fancy that; and him a German, too.

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Join them. Subscribe to The Economist today. Media Audio edition Economist Films Podcasts. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. May 20, Mary Arkless rated it really liked it Shelves: mary-sexploding-steamboats-ch. This book came into being because the author was re-reading some essays by Orwell, and came across this: "The Nazis, for instance, were at pains to discourage cricket, which had gained a certain footing in Germany before and after the last war.

He was intrigued. He'd never heard of this. He tracked down one of the very few copies of James D.

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He eventua This book came into being because the author was re-reading some essays by Orwell, and came across this: "The Nazis, for instance, were at pains to discourage cricket, which had gained a certain footing in Germany before and after the last war. He eventually learnt of the unlikely tour by the Worcester Gentlemen to Berlin in for a series of three cricket matches. He then set out to research the tour, the players, find out how it came to be, and what happened to the players afterwards.

Very serious for the most part, but there are some real laugh-out-loud lines. Christmas gift from my mother.

It was on my wish list. Jun 12, David Lowther rated it liked it. A well-researched and written book. It's amusing at times and sad at others. David Lowther.

Amazing story of Midland team who took on Nazi Germany - at cricket!

Tony Shield rated it liked it Jan 19, Linda L rated it did not like it Feb 11, Tim Maynard rated it really liked it Mar 22, Jonathan Triffitt rated it liked it Sep 15, Col Todd rated it it was amazing Jul 20, Geoff rated it liked it Jul 27, But the suggestion would be that if they had done then a brutal world war may not of happened because of the civilising effect of cricket. By Ben Hurst. The Gentlemen of Worcestershire tour of Nazi Germany Get the biggest National stories by email Subscribe We will use your email address only for the purpose of sending you newsletters.


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