Jim Gascoyne is the son of an Auxilier & an ATS “secret sweetie” Special Duties operator.
The talk is at Willesborough Windmill TN24 0QG. 18.45 for 19.30 start.
Jim has marched with Auxiliary veterans at the Cenotaph in memory of the Auxiliary Units.
Guaranteed to be an excellent evening !
CART will present an Auxiliary Units display (along with information & local stories) at –
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.
Great article in the latest Britain At War magazine highlighting Aux Units and their role:
Thanks, Britain At War magazine !
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 !”
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/
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.
|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|
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:
|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|
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.