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In the Highest Degree Odious: Detention without Trial in Wartime Britain

A. W. Brian Simpson


During World War II, just under 2,000 British citizens were detained without charge, trial, or term set, under Regulation 18B of the wartime Defence Regulations. Most of these detentions took place in the summer of 1940, soon after Winston Churchill became Prime Minister, when belief in the existence of a dangerous Fifth Column was widespread. Churchill, at first an enthusiast for vigorous use of the powers of executive detention, later came to lament the use of a power which was, in his words, ‘in the highest degree odious’. This book provides the first comprehensive study of Regulation 18B a ... More

Keywords: World War II, Regulation 18B, Defence Regulations, executive detention, Fifth Column, Regulation 14B, Home Office, Security Service, national security, civil liberty

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780198259497
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198259497.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

A. W. Brian Simpson, author
University of Michigan