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

Sep 162012
 

As the sun sets over Coleshill and the re-enactors pack up their tents we look back at the past 48 hours and say well done to everyone who took part.

The weekend follows months of planning by the National Trust at Coleshill and was a vast improvement on the previous event in 2010.

There were many catering retailers this year and the food options were very tasty. Entertainment was provided by the Warneford Big Band and there was plenty to do for children and families from face painting to code breaking.

On Saturday the new replica Operational Base was opened by Coleshill trained Auxilier Bob Millard and after a brilliant speech he cut the ribbon with his Fairbairn Sykes dagger before taking the time to talk to young and old about his training and service.

Crowds then queued for hours to have a sneak peak inside the unfinished building.

CART researchers wandered around the vast estate answering questions and helping people find the key parts of the site.

On both days there were three talks given. Bill King spoke about how the Auxiliers were formed. Karen Fielder spoke about the architectural masterpiece that was Coleshill House and Chris Pratt from the British Resistance Museum at Parham educated listeners on the three elements to the British Resistance Movement.

The talks were full on both days.

Auxiliary Re-Enactors brought the sites wartime use to life with weapons displays, loud bangs and hands on practical education of weapons and explosives used. Tony Salter brought his excellent mobile Aux display and fired up the children’s imagination.

The 70 year old original Operational Base set deep in the Coleshill woods was also open and National Trust volunteer

Roger Green provided guided tours and more than comfortably filled the boots of the late warden Keith Blaxhall.

There were many vintage vehicles on display with the Austin 7 club and the Military Vehicle Trust (MVT) present.

On Sunday CART researchers set up a small display in the Granary and answered many questions from the public.

Impressionist, playwright and comedian Rory Bremner even popped in and picked up a CART flyer. Later he posted on Twitter.

More information on the weekend and all the images can be found here

Thanks to all who took part and all who attended and special thanks to Keith Blaxhall who kept the Aux fire burning at Coleshill for over 30 years.

Sep 082012
 

On Thursday we saw the start of a new series on BBC2 called Wartime Farm.

Steve Mason, our CIO for Hampshire was featured in the show and went to pains to advise the production company on the accurate history of both the Auxiliary Units and SDS.

Sadly, like many TV companies, they got it wrong so we have produced a the correct version below.