Aug 272015
 

Aux BadgeDue to popular demand we have now ordered another limited amount of the modern replica Auxiliary badges we designed.

The originals were issued to many Auxiliers after the war.

The central shield is a replica of the famous badge that was issued to members of the Auxiliary Units after the war. The original WW2 badge can now fetch up to £450 each on eBay!

ORDER your badge today for under £7.00 inc delivery here

 

May 292015
 

British Resistance March Banner 2015This Remembrance Sunday we will have the chance for twelve people to march past the Cenotaph on Whitehall again.

If you know of a surviving member of the Operational Patrols or the Special Duties Branch who would like to march or if you are related to one and would like the chance to be involved please email hq@coleshillhouse.com as soon as possible. See more here.

Jan 182015
 

Operation Turnip continued in Kent today despite poor weather. The team arrived just after 8 am at the Operational Base and started to clear away mud and brambles. We tweeted progress pictures throughout the day on Twitter which seemed very popular with our followers.

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Once the entrance hatch was lifted it became apparent that water had flooded into the OB again. The good news is that it was only about a foot of water and it had entered through the ventilation pipes and not through the main structure.

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The ventilation pipes were soon discovered above ground and dug out so eventually they can be made watertight.


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Team two then cleared more mud and found the hatch leading down into the Escape shaft.

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The scene inside the OB.

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Our team are not put off by a foot of water and get stuck in.

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Many many buckets later…..Note the two ventilation pipes left and right and the water tank in the middle of the room.

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The job is done…..for now. Next stage will be to make the Ventilation pipes waterproof and then re-decorate.

Our thanks to Jamie Burton, Alec Warren and Ben Lewis who worked very hard today to help project leader Phil Evans. Follow the progress of this project here

Dec 232014
 

Castle Neroche 3 - Chirnside ZeroWe have added three new reports on locations used by the Special Duties Branch.

These are the Zero INstation codenamed ‘Chirnside Zero’ at Buckland St, Mary. 

‘Chirnside 1 A’ located at Axminster and ‘Golding 2 A’ located at Bishop’s Clyst.

This research has largely been carried out by our Devon Researcher, Nina Hannaford and allows us to understand more about this still secret radio network.

Dec 012014
 

James Bond Writers to Adapt Len Deighton Novel ‘SS-GB’ for BBC

[Source: Variety.com]

ssgbThe BBC has commissioned Robert Wade and Neal Purvis, the writers of the last five James Bond films, to adapt Len Deighton’s novel “SS-GB.”

The series for flagship channel BBC One comprises five one-hour episodes. It is set in an imaginary Britain controlled by the Nazis, if Germany had occupied the country. It centers on a police detective caught between the Nazis and the British resistance.

Sid Gentle Films, whose creative director is former Carnival Films exec Sally Woodward Gentle, is exec producing with Lee Morris.

It is part of a slate of projects to be unveiled later today by BBC drama boss Ben Stephenson.

Oct 172014
 

Trevor Miners-postcard

Next month we will be marching past the Cenotaph on Whitehall again on Remembrance Sunday. Auxilier Trevor Miners (seen above) will be carrying the wreath. Please do watch on TV and stand to remember the brave men and women of the British Resistance Movement.

Also keep an eye on this page for any press or information updates.

Aug 262014
 

Lucy Fleming, daughter of Peter Fleming who was one of the founding members of the Auxiliary Units, will lead the Remembrance Sunday march.

Lucy Fleming

(Pic by www.curtisbrown.co.uk)

We are delighted to announce that Lucy Fleming, daughter of Peter Fleming a key member of the British Resistance or Auxiliary Units, will lead the group of veterans and relatives, who are marching for just the second time past the Cenotaph in November. Lucy is also the niece of James Bond creator Ian Fleming.

Peter Fleming was brought in by Colonel Gubbins who was asked by Churchill to set up the first organised resistance force in Europe. Fleming helped to build some of the first OBs in the country, often in genius guises such as enlarged badger sets.

Tom Sykes, founder of the British Resistance Archive said. “To have a member of the Fleming family leading the veterans and relatives of the Auxiliary Units is something very special indeed as Peter was so integral in establishing the patrols throughout the country.

“Last year’s march was incredibly important for us as it was the first time that veterans and relatives of the Auxiliary Units had marched. Although they have never been officially recognised by the Government, it represented a chance for the public to finally recognise the bravery of these civilian volunteers. To be accepted for a second year is fantastic and to have Lucy leading will, I know, be a great honour for all those involved.”

Lucy Fleming is an actress and also helps to run Ian Fleming Publications. Her father was a renowned author and explorer who was head of D (Deception) Division later in the war. Lucy says: “It is a huge honour to be leading this group of remarkable veterans and relatives. Had the worst happened in the uncertain days of 1940 these men and women would have put everything at risk to protect their country, which is a commitment that should never be forgotten.”

To hear more about the Auxiliary Units or the Cenotaph march please see here.

If you are a former Auxiliary Unit member or relative who wishes to march please contact hq@coleshillhouse.com

Aug 152014
 
Dr Will Ward - CART Dorset

Dr Will Ward – CART Dorset

Dr Will Ward, Our CIO (County Information Officer) for Dorset will be attending the Dorchester Military Tattoo tomorrow with a small stand on research into the British Resistance in Dorset. You can find out more about this event on their Facebook page here.

Will will also be taking part in the RAF Warmwell Memorial Weekend on Sunday 31st August. You can see more about this event here. 

If you would like any more info or to ask Will any questions, please do email cartdorset@gmail.com

Please do pop along and support the events if you can.

Jul 092014
 

British Resistance WreathWe are pleased to say that the Royal British Legion now have the Auxiliary Unit shield design we produced on file. (See above)

Anyone wanting to order a wreath dedicated to the British Resistance can now do so and this design will be the one used.

You can place an order here