Jul 282016
 

Taunton Auxiliary Unit Patrol 22

After months of detailed research by Chris Perry and Nina Hannaford we are pleased to be able to publish a report on the Taunton Auxiliary Unit.

This is the most accurate and detailed account of the patrol ever published. Our thanks go to many people who helped with this report including Neil Bent son and nephew of Group Commanders Lt. Bent.

Read the full report here.

Apr 032016
 

Baltonsborough Auxiliary Unit - 9We have added two detailed reports to our website by our Somerset researcher Chris Perry.

Chris had some assistance from our Devon researcher Nina Hannaford.

The Butleigh Patrol was already on the website but has been greatly enhanced and expanded on by Chris.

The Baltonsborough Patrol is new and the depth of research by Chris is just first rate.

See the reports under Group 11 here.

Feb 022016
 

Tawstock Auxiliary Unit Patrol 4Today we have added a very detailed report on the Tawstock Auxiliary Unit Patrol in Devon.

The report has been compiled by Nina Hannaford, our Devon CIO with help by our Somerset Researcher, Chris Perry.

The report provides great insight into the men behind the patrol, their training and targets, not to mention a very unusual Operational Base.

See more the report here.

Sep 292015
 

Chirnside 4 Puckington OUT Station 2Today we have added a report by Chris Perry and Nina Hannaford to the site.

The Special Duties OUT Station was located near Puckington in Somerset and had the codename of ‘Chirnside 4’.

The station would have communicated directly with “Chirnside Zero” at Castle Neroche near Buckland St Mary.

Read their excellent report here.

 

Jul 192015
 

Farringdon is a small village 6 miles east of Exeter. This patrol report has been produced by our Devon CIO Nina Hannaford.

The patrol utilised the existing structure of Farringdon House Ice House for their Operational Base.

Farringdon Auxiliary Unit 6It is possible that the “entrance” has been created post war as the blocks appear damaged at the sides. If the block wall was complete, thus sealing off the original entrance passageway to the Ice House leaving only the tunnel, this would make escape more viable.

Read Nina’s full and fascinating patrol report here.

 

Apr 182015
 

Ashbrittle Auxiliary Unit 8

We have added a very detailed report on the Ashbrittle Auxiliary Unit by Aux researcher Chris Perry and our Devon CIO Nina Hannaford.

The patrol were based at the village of Ashbrittle, 6 miles west of Wellington in south west Somerset.

What makes Ashbrittle’s Operational Base special is the level of work that went into the chimney and the remaining concrete air vent base moulded from concrete to resemble a tree.

See many images and more info on this patrol here. 

Jan 062015
 

Edgarley SD 2Edgarley ‘Chirnside Five’ – Special Duties Radio OUT Station has today been added to our Special Duties Branch microsite.

The Special Duties wireless set was recorded as operating out of a hut or box at Edgarley Manor Farm, Edgarley in Somerset. This was concealed as, or part of, a chicken house that was located between the farm house and Wick Lane.

There is some doubt over the actual operators of the station but the landowners (Captain) Kenneth and Dorothy Marsh have ideal credentials to be involved. Locally it is suggested a woman was the main operator.

Read Nina Hannaford’s full report here 

Apr 012014
 
Mabe Auxiliary Unit Patrol 4

Sgt. D Welch, Unknown, maybe Sgt. H Pascoe (Constantine), Ken Welch and maybe Cecil Sims (Perranwell) seen here inspecting Ken Welch’s Webley pistol.

Today we have added a fascinating report to the site on the Mabe Auxiliary Unit in Cornwall.

Mabe Auxiliary Unit Patrol 3Mabe is a parish to the South West of Penryn above the port of Falmouth.

The Aux Units were known for being very clever and disguising their Operational Bases but the Mabe Patrol took it one step further and built theirs into the side of the quarry spoil heap. (See left)

We know that some patrols were tasked with ‘taking out’ Nazi collaborators in the event of invasion but this patrol were tasked to kill an elderly couple who lived near the OB. We can’t imagine how that would have felt!

You can read Nina Hannaford’s detailed report and see some cracking images here

 

 

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