Jan 302013
 

As we were preparing a re-vamped version of our Weapons & Explosives DVD we came across a short piece of video which we have never shared with anyone.

It features the late Keith Blaxhall guiding Coleshill trained Auxilier Bob Millard around the Coleshill training Operational Base.

Keith was the Head Warden at Coleshill for many years and he loved sharing all his knowledge. Bob explains how things were done in his OB.

Enjoy

Dec 082012
 

As many of you will know the National Trust at Coleshill were given lottery funding to build a replica Operational Base at Coleshill.

The project is being managed by an amateur Archaeologist and overseen by the National Trust and was due to open in September this year at the ‘Coleshill Underground Weekend‘.

Sadly due to poor weather during the summer and what would appear some issues with the construction it is still not finished and not open to the public.

We popped up there today to have a look at the progress and also to show you a wide view of the estate.

Feb 212012
 

Andy Gwynee, our CIO for Yorkshire has visited the huge Rise Operational Base. This OB was used as the Yorkshire HQ for some time before it moved to Middleton-on-the-Wolds. It was somewhat custom built by the plans made from Captain Peter Hollis who was the Commanding Officer / Intelligence Officer for East Riding.

Being the HQ OB this dictated its size so it would accommodate extra supplies for other Patrols and could accommodate other Patrol members who’s own Patrol OB had been destroyed or discovered.

His exclusive report, video and images can be seen here

Feb 212012
 

Phil Evans, CART’s CIO for Kent, spent all day on Sunday at the OB clearing it out with the help of a friend.

The first part of the visit was spent measuring bits they had missed on the last trip. Then they made some temporary fixes to the ventilation system to stop debris blocking them. The final job for this trip was to clear the silt from in-between the walls where the water tank sat. Very hard work but they managed to achieve their goal. Worst bit over hopefully!!

Follow Phil’s work here

Feb 102012
 

Our researchers for Suffolk and Norfolk have today published a report on the site about an Operational Base in Suffolk near Hasketon Hall.

Despite a huge amount of research they have been unable to tie it to a specific patrol. Can you help?

See the full report here

Jan 312012
 

Today we have added Andy Gwynne’s report on East Yorkshire’s Walkington Auxiliary Unit to the site.

Not only has Andy found their OB he has also produced a very nice video which takes you on a tour of the site.

You can see the report and video here

Jan 242012
 

We have the opportunity to restore an Operational Base in Kent. Due to the nature of the work, and the fact that certain members of the public like to go and destroy these precious time capsules, the location is a closely guarded secret.

We are calling the project Operation Turnip as many of the patrols in Kent were named after vegetables.

Phil Evans, our CIO for Kent, will manage the work on the ground and CART HQ will oversea the project and fund raise.

A small team of experts will be called upon to advise on the restoration and we will use our own internal archive and researchers knowledge around the UK to fit out the OB as authentically as possible.

We hope to then open the space at certain times of the year for guided tours, press calls and to allow re-enactors to stay inside.

We suggest you bookmark this page to follow our work.

Dec 232011
 

A document has been shown to us which we suspect was created at Coleshill.

It is very insightful and is a detailed guide on discipline in the Operational Base as well as a typical 24 hours operational activity for an Auxilier during the Winter.

A must read for any fan of the Auxiliary Units. You can see the page here. As a special Christmas treat we have also re-created it as a downloadable PDF file.

Mar 172011
 

The Operational Base of the Haswell Auxiliary Unit’s has now been discovered by CART C.I.O Stephen Lewins.

Haswell, in County Durham had a seven man Aux Unit patrol and is thought to of had two operational bases.

Stephen Lewins has found one of their operational bases and their observation post and has produced a map of the area as well as video and images.

You can see his report here