May 172015
 

Churchills-Toyshop

Discovery Channel – Friday 22nd May 9pm.

This one-off documentary explores the secretive and strange arms race between Britain and the Nazis during WW2. 

Convinced that the path to victory lay in out gunning the Nazis but faced with limited resources, British weapon manufactures were forced to improvise. 

To combat the problem, Winston Churchill himself set-up a secret clandestine research institute, dedicated to coming up with super weapons that would give troops the edge in battle. He christened the department Military Defence 1 but it quickly becomes known as Churchill’s toyshop.

Screen Shot 2015-05-17 at 5.20.01 amUsing rare archive and interviews, the one-off special tells the story of the department and some of the most fantastic and improbable weapons ever created. With the help of modern experts and contemporary blue prints the series will also recreate some of the lost technology. [Source: Sky]

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Many items used by the Auxiliary Units were designed by Major Millis Jefferis and Stuart Macrae including the Sticky Bomb and the Pressure Switch. This can be bought in our shop.

Read our page all about the Toyshop here.

There is also a very good book on the subject called ‘Churchill’s Toyshop’ Which can be bought here. 

Mar 042013
 

personal-equipment-of-the-auxiliary-unitsOur researchers have now added more than 50 items to the Personal Equipment page.

The page covers the equipment generally issued to each Auxilier as well as the insignia and side arms. The information has been produced by CART CIO Bill Ashby with help from others.

It’s a really interesting pictorial guide through the vast array of kit supplied and well worth looking at.

More here

 

Feb 112013
 

watch now blueWe are pleased to say that you can now watch the main film on our Weapons and Explosives DVD  on a pay per view basis.

The extras are only on the DVD version.

You can pay with any credit or debit card or paypal account and will be able to view the film for 7 days.

Click here to watch now

Feb 072013
 

Aux-DVD

We are pleased to say our updated Weapons & Explosives DVD is now for sale.

This unique DVD provides a detailed insight into the weapons and explosives used by Winston Churchill’s Auxiliary Unit’s as well as SOE and other units.

NEW FOR 2013 – MORE THAN 40 MINUTES OF BONUS FEATURES

Operational Base – We take you on a tour into the training Operational Base (OB) at Coleshill and then a group of experts discuss how they were built etc.

Coleshill Uncovered – You can see what artifacts have been recovered in the Coleshill grounds over the years.

British Resistance in Wales – A film CART made for Abergavenny Museum which was shown in their exhibition in 2011.

‘The Garth’ – A brief tour of the birthplace of the British Resistance Movement and first Auxiliary Training Centre.

About CART – A short film explaining more about CART and it’s research.

Coleshill Underground Weekend – A taster of the September event in 2012 at GHQ Coleshill.

Read more and buy a copy here 

Dec 082012
 

Eric Anthony Sykes is most famous for his work with William E. Fairbairn in the development of the Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife and modern British Close Quarters Battle (CQB) martial arts during World War II. The Fairbairn-Sykes knife was used by nearly every Auxilier in the UK.

Phil Matthews is a researcher into the Combative Arts and their Instructors and he firmly believe that none of the Instructors suddenly appeared out of “no-where” to serve the Allies in their time of need. He has prepared a really in-depth look at this man and has kindly shared it with us.

It can be seen here