May 132014
 

Dorset Auxiliary Units

Today we have uploaded new and updated reports to the site sent to us by our Dorset CIO Dr Will Ward.

These are Ferndown, Child Okeford and Winfrith & Broadmayne.

You can see them all here

Also look out for our attendance at next month’s Broadmayne D5 event in Dorset.

Apr 302014
 

Newlyn East Auxiliary Unit Patrol 3Today we have added a report to the site on the Newlyn Auxiliary Unit Patrol in Cornwall.

The patrols Operational Base was built in the vicinity of East Wheal Rose mine, about 150 yards to the south east of the surviving chimney stack.

You can read the report by our Devon CIO Nina here 

If you live in Cornwall, are interested in our research and fancy helping us, do please get in touch.

Mar 232014
 

Porthleven Auxiliary Unit Patrol

Our Devon CIO Nina has just added a patrol report to the site on the Porthleven Auxiliary Unit Patrol in Cornwall.

They gained access to their Operational Base through a break in an old stone wall which was concealed by a hatch which was opened by lifting the attached ivy. This led into a wood lined tunnel 6-7 feet long. There was then a drop down to the more familiar OB structure of a corrugated iron hut approximately 12 x 16 feet. A further wood lined tunnel came off the main body of the OB leading to a smaller area where some of the explosives were stored.

Read the full report here

Feb 132013
 

Perranporth Auxiliary UnitToday we have added a very comprehensive report on the Perranporth Auxiliary Unit patrol in Cornwall.

The report is largely based on an interview with Auxilier Trevor Miners who we interviewed earlier this year.

Various video has also been added of Trevor being interviewed.

You can read the full exclusive report here.

Thanks to our Devon CIO Nina Hannaford for this report.

Jan 152013
 

Churchill's Secret Defence Army-webThanks to Pen & Sword Military Books we have five copies of Arthur Ward’s ‘Churchill’s Secret Defence Army – Resisting the Nazi Invader’ book to give away.

This is an update of Arthur’s 1997 book ‘Resisting the Nazi Invader’.

This version has lots of new photography, a new introduction featuring interviews with CART Founder Tom Sykes, Aux writer John Warwicker, and a significantly amended chapter that includes transcripts from interviews with Auxilier Bob Millard.

For your chance to win click here

Winners will be drawn on Friday 1st March 2013.

Jan 092013
 

Churchill's Secret Defence Army-webIn March 2013, Pen & Sword will publish an update of Arthur Ward’s 1997 book ‘Resisting the Nazi Invader’.

Arthur informs CART that this version has lots of new photography, a new introduction featuring interviews with CART Founder Tom Sykes, Aux writer John Warwicker, and a significantly amended chapter that includes transcripts from interviews with Auxilier Bob Millard.

The book is dedicated to Geoffrey Bradford who Arthur knew well and who, coincidentally, introduced him to Bob Millard in 2004.

Read more on it here

 

Sep 262012
 

Tonight at 6:30pm on BBC2 is a programme called ‘How We Won The War’ presented by Jules Hudson.

‘In this episode local historian John Sadler meets Jules to reveal the story of the Home Guard’s Auxiliary units.’

Well they have already got it wrong by mentioning the Home Guard!!! Will the BBC ever read the research on our site and others before reporting!!!

This is an extract of what is in the episode,

“The units were highly trained in a radical defence strategy – the idea being that they would hold up Germans on the beaches should the Nazis invade Britain.

Men were selected from those prevented to going to war because their occupations were reserved. They’d then be organised into small, cover units which it’s believed, were issued with kill lists – identifying known German sympathisers. They were trained in how to sabotage and create mayhem behind enemy lines.

John explains how secreting the men deep in Britain’s countryside, and if necessary killing British citizens was revolutionary – and ‘dark stuff’.

The men had to keep their role secret from their families and girlfriends, and were told that their life expectancy should Germans invade would be no more than 14 days. Amongst the recruits was renowned actor Anthony Quayle.

By 1941, there were some 5,000 auxiliaries poised to tackle any German invasion – brave young men determined to help us win the war – whatever the cost.”

More info here