Apr 192018
 

Check out Tony Salter’s excellent ‘Scallywags’ Auxiliary Units display around the country this year:

Caldicot Castle May 6 – 7
War in the Vale Evesham June 16 – 17
Violet Szabo Museum Hereford June 24 (SOE)
Black Country museum Dudley July 14 – 15
Bleanavon Ironworks Aug 4 – 5
Papplewick pumping station Nottingham Oct 20 – 21

Next event: Caldicot Castle, Church Road, Caldicot, NP26 4HU, Wales

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Apr 082018
 

This was a well attended, highly enjoyable 2-day event. We supplied a joint display of Operational Patrols (including local Patrol info) and Special Duties Section items and video. We had plenty of visitors, interest and a few leads as well.  ‘Johnny’ Johnson (the last surviving Dambuster) was guest of honour. Thanks all.

Mar 282018
 

CART will be at the Castletown D-Day Centre, Portland, Dorset (DT5 1DB), on Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th April, 2018. This is part of their Living History weekend, a very ‘hands on’ experience. Includes military vehicles, weapons displays and much more..   http://www.castletownddaycentre.com/

This is a new fixture and one that we hope will become a regular event. Pop by & say hi.

Mar 242018
 

CART will be at The Helicopter Museum, Weston-Super-Mare on Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th April, 2018 as part of the Museums World At War weekend. We will have a large display of Auxiliary Unit equipment at this show. Last year was very well attended. Come and say hello.  http://www.helicoptermuseum.co.uk/

Check out this video of our impressive stand at last years event HERE

Nov 102014
 

Yesterday an Auxilier and ten Aux relatives and researchers marched down Whitehall in London lead by Lucy Fleming, daughter of Kent Auxiliary Unit Intelligence Officer Captain Peter Fleming.

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This is only the second time that members of the British Resistance have taken part in the Remembrance day parade on London.

Auxilier Trevor Miners from Perranporth Patrol was the wreath bearer and marched for the second time with his two sons.

After the march a small reception took place at The Farmers Club thanks to help from one of their members Philip Merricks OBE who also marched (Far left in image below)

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An original Aux badge was donated to the group on the day by marcher Neil Bent. Neil’s father was the patrol leader of the Nerrols Farm Patrol in Somerset. The badge will now be sold to help raise funds for future outreach.

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See video and images of the day here or on our Facebook page.

Jun 292014
 

BirthdayToday is CART’s (Coleshill Auxiliary Research Team) fifth birthday.

We have been researching the Auxiliary Units (British Resistance) for five years.

The website was started on 29th June 2009 by Tom Sykes after a visit to the GHQ at Coleshill.

Tom had no idea that there were others around the country interested in the subject and soon a group was formed.

The main strength of CART is that we share our findings. We believe strongly in being open and transparent and share all our findings with each other and the world in a free way.

CART’s CIO’s (Researchers) all share this ethos and this is how we have been able to grow so quickly, that and many hundreds of hours of volunteer time in records offices and romping through the countryside looking for Operational Bases.

The British Resistance Archive is the result of all this hard work, much of which has never been discovered before.

Thank you to all our Friends, Supporters and followers for all your help and financial aid.

Here’s to another 5 years!!!!

May 142014
 

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The Coleshill Auxiliary Research Team to attend Broadmayne D5, Dorset, event.

The Coleshill Auxiliary Research Team (CART), the team behind the British Resistance Archive which records the highly secret activities of the British Resistance, during WWII has announced it will be exhibiting at the Broadmayne D5 event in Dorset on Saturday 21st June 2014.

The British Resistance, or Auxiliary Units as they were known, was a group made up of civilian volunteers that were to act as the British Resistance in the event of a German invasion. The group signed the Official Secrets Act and told no one of their activities or training, not even their closest families and friends. If the invasion alert sounded they were expected to head to their operational bases (OBs) hidden underground right around the UK, and come out at night to disrupt the enemy as much as possible, by destroying transport and supplies, ‘dealing’ with collaborators and generally making a nuisance of themselves to allow the regular army time to counter-attack.

The life expectancy of an Auxilier was just around two weeks such was the danger of their mission. However, because they signed the Official Secrets Act most have gone to their grave without letting on to anyone exactly what they were up to and what they were prepared to do for the country.

The Coleshill Auxiliary Research Team (CART) was set up to find out more about this remarkable group, identify remaining OBs (which are often found in tact) and if possible encourage veterans to come forward with their stories. The group also successfully lobbied the Royal British Legion for the inclusion of the Auxiliary Units in the Cenotaph march past on Remembrance Sunday last year, the first time they have been publicly recognised.
The Broadmayne event will see CART displaying its research and artefacts and providing details about the various patrols around the UK, with a special focus on Dorset, there will also be a Information Desk with County Information Officers (CIOs) from Dorset, Devon and GHQ at Swindon on hand to answer any questions and help trace records of loved ones. There will also be re-enactors showing the equipment of the Auxiliary Units and how they could use them with devastating effect.

The team is also hoping to be joined by at least one Dorset Auxilier on the day. This could be a very rare opportunity to meet one of these remarkable individuals and ask them any questions.
Broadmayne D5 is an off-shoot of the Weymouth at War event which is on over the same weekend. Broadmayne is only a short drive from Weymouth seafront. The event is being funded with Heritage Lottery money and will include a number of different re-enactors from a variety of WW2 units, a wealth of information on the local area during the war as well as a 1940’s village fete.

More information can be found here: http://www.coleshillhouse.com/british-resistance-archive-at-broadmayne-d5.php

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About CART & The British Resistance Archive.

The Coleshill Auxiliary Research Team (CART) publishes its findings on the British Resistance Archive (BRA) website.
CART also provides an internal network for serious and dedicated researchers who focus on the British Resistance and agree with CART’s core value of making the research public.

CART is made up of select volunteer historians and published writers known as County Information Officers (CIOS) and also public members.
CART is not a business or an academic body of professional researchers.

CART is non-profit making and has no financial support from any company or organisation. It is funded solely by donations and the revenue it makes from the sale of various items sold in the shop.

Since CART’s birth in June 2009 the website has seen over 110,000 unique visitors and has attracted TV, Radio and national press attention.
For further information about CART please go to this page http://www.coleshillhouse.com/about-us.php or call 0872 045 9940 or email hq@coleshillhouse.com

Sep 102013
 

cart-logo_webToday CART membership opens for 2014.

In the last 12 months the membership fee has helped with outreach and the day to day running costs of our organisation.

Our volunteers and researchers are never paid for the work they do nor do they claim any expenses.

It costs many thousands of pounds to keep CART running each year and we have no funding or financial support.

This year we have a range of exciting additional member discounts from other organisations. Taking up just one of these offers once could pay for nearly all of a standard yearly membership fee.

We have also frozen the cost of membership for another year.

If you feel you would like to support us please choose from one of the following to renew your membership here 

We also have joint membership so if you plan to bring along partners to events etc please make sure you sign up to this.