Posts by CART HQ:

    CART at The Chickerell Steam & Vintage Show, Weymouth 30th June & 1st July, 2018

    June 24th, 2018

    As summer rolls on, CART will have a large display of

    Churchill’s ‘Auxiliary Units’ equipment & information at:

    Come and check us out in the Military Vehicles area next to the 1940’s tea-shack. See you there !

     

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    British Resistance Archive on Facebook

    June 23rd, 2018

    CART’s British Resistance Archive is on Facebook for updates and info:

    Search for: British Resistance Archive – Churchill’s Auxiliary Units.

    Don’t forget to ‘like’  the page. Thank you.

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    Aux Units feature in ‘Britain At War’ magazine

    June 22nd, 2018

    Great article in the latest Britain At War magazine highlighting Aux Units and their role:

    The Search for Churchill’s Secret Army Continues

    Thanks, Britain At War magazine !

     

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    Our best wishes to Donald (Don) Brown

    June 20th, 2018
    We would like to pass on our best wishes to Don Brown who has recently been taken ill. Don contributed to our Aux research for the Somerset Scout Section which can be found here:
    http://www.coleshillhouse.com/north-somerset-scout-section.php
    http://www.coleshillhouse.com/british-resistance-organisation-in-somerset.php
    He is the author of Somerset v Hitler (Secret Operations in the Mendips 1939-1945).
    Don also organised a meeting of ex-Auxiliers at Charterhouse near Cheddar in 1995, where they were finally given their Defence medals.
    Best wishes Don, from all at CART.

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    *** Haselbury Mill event – update ***

    June 19th, 2018

    Thanks to all those who stopped by the CART display at the excellent Haselbury Mill WW2 event near Crewkerne on Father’s Day. It was a great day with lots of interest and lots of leads in the South West and also Worcestershire.

    From our Devon researcher, Nina: “Though the weather could have been warmer it was a busy show and well attended. We talked to a lot of people about Auxiliary Units, many hearing about them for the first time. We were also given an amazing 10 leads on OB sites in Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Worcestershire. Going to be a busy rest of year hunting for those ! Many thanks gents. Chips were great too !”

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    Aux activity last weekend at the G.C.R. 1940’s event !

    June 5th, 2018

    Paddy White was playing the part of a 202 Bn Auxilier, leaving his ‘calling card’ on the occupying forces. Not only that, but he managed to pass on a plenty of CART flyers before he was ‘arrested’…

    The G.C.R. is the Great Central Railway in Loughborough, Leicestershire. Check out the website here: http://www.gcrailway.co.uk/wartime/

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    WW2 walks at Coleshill – Aux Units Training HQ

    June 1st, 2018

    Coleshill House (SN6 7PT) was the hush-hush headquarters of Churchill’s Secret Army, or the Auxiliers. Discover the detailed history of their training and visit some of the remaining Second World War features around the village, including the Guard House and the original prototype underground training bunker or Operational Base (OB). Plus, check out the newly built and refurbished replica “funk hole” and see the new display of artifacts including a rare copy of a Stand-Down letter.

    Day Times Availability
    7 June 2018 18:00 – 20:00 Available
    12 July 2018 18:00 – 20:00 Available
    16 September 2018 10:00 – 12:00 Available
    6 October 2018 14:00 – 16:00 Available

    https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/4cc948c4-d1f6-4b91-b911-a0e1ea3677c6/pages/details

    Prices:  Adult £5.00 / Child £2.50

    Contact Rachel Coltman to book on: 01793 762-209

    Suitability: Children welcome (12+) / Assistance dogs welcome.
    Park & meet: at the Coleshill Estate Office car park.
    What to bring & wear: Please wear appropriate clothing for weather conditions. Flat sturdy shoes/boots/wellingtons advisable.
    Accessibility: A fairly long, flat walk through the village, woods & fields.

    Free afternoons are also available to experience the replica OB:

    Day Times Availability
    10 June 2018 14:00 – 17:00 Available
    8 July 2018 14:00 – 17:00 Available
    12 August 2018 14:00 – 17:00 Available
    9 September 2018 14:00 – 17:00 Available
    14 October 2018 14:00 – 17:00 Available

    https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/74fa6412-18cc-40cd-b634-a3dcf13d9b6e/pages/details

     

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    CART at Haselbury Mill, Somerset, Sun 17th June

    May 30th, 2018

    CART will be at Haselbury Mill’s free WW2 event on Father’s Day, 17th June 2018. Take your Dad along for a little nostalgia and a chat! Haselbury Mill, Haselbury Plucknett, Nr Crewkerne, Somerset TA18 7NY

    Some photos from last year:

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    Event – Operation Bulbasket ‘sponsored cycle ride’ – Sunday 10th June, 2018

    May 20th, 2018
    France 1944 – Operation Bulbasket was largely an ex-Aux Units Operation, with some ex-desert SAS, and a few other new recruits. Dorset, Norfolk and Scotland Aux Units provided the bulk of the men.
    A small group from the local Royal British Legion  Poitou-Charentes branch in France are recreating the cycle ride undertaken by Lt Tomos Stephens as part of Op Bulbasket in 1944. Disguised as a Frenchman and riding a pre-war pushbike, he rode from Sazas near Montromillion to the railway marshalling yard at Chatellerault to gather information about fuel tankers stored there. It was a 120km (75 mile) round trip in a single day, an incredible feat. The intelligence was supplied to the RAF who bombed the fuel stored at the railway yard, significantly slowing the 2nd SS Das Reich Panzer Division who lacked enough fuel for their move north towards Normandy. Sadly Lt Stephens was shot after capture, having given himself up so a young maquisard could escape, hoping that his uniform would mean he would become a prisoner, whereas the Maquis were always executed. That young man witnessed Lt Stephens death from his hiding place (and recorded this a few years ago – the story differing from that given by the Bulbasket survivors who were told third hand he had been beaten to death). Lt Stephens was buried in a family vault in nearby Verriéres.
    The ride is on Sunday June 10th this year. You can help by sponsoring them through their JustGiving page. This branch funded the erection of memorials at the St Sauvant and Verriéres sites in recent years. They also provide the standard bearers for ceremonies at Rom and Verriéres each year.
    There is more information here:
    Their JustGiving online donation page is here:
    (It also covers other events he is doing).
    Money raised goes to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
    Do support them if you can. Or even just send a message of support and tell your friends. This RBL branch are doing what they can to keep alive the memory of the men lost on Operation Bulbasket.

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    CART at Chard Museum – Sunday 20th May, 2018

    May 9th, 2018
    CART will be at Chard Museum on Sunday 20th May, with a small Auxiliary Unit display as part of the Museum’s ‘Military Day’. If you’re in the area why not drop in for a friendly chat with CART’s Somerset researcher, Chris Perry.
    Chard Museum, High street, Chard TA20 1QB. Open from 10.00am.
    http://chardmuseum.co.uk

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