CART researchers have been busy, even during the recent heatwave excavating Operational Bunker (O.B.) remains. CART was granted exclusive access to this private and secret site, not previously recorded.
Many interesting features were unearthed and documented. These included evidence in the soil colour change and fill, combined with a clear line and termination of vertical corrugation indicating a metal shaft entrance.
Also unearthed was the unusual find of a section of ‘blind’ escape tunnel sat directly above the actual escape tunnel (storage?), and a length of cable exiting the shaft area (possibly linking to an Observation Post or for lighting?)…
Documenting new sites continues, can you help ?
A great couple of days at The Chickerell Steam & Vintage Show, Weymouth.
A family friendly show, pots of tea & cake galore, super leads plus a couple of nearby bunkers – the perfect weekend. Thanks Chickerell Steam & Vintage.
Great article in the latest Britain At War magazine highlighting Aux Units and their role:
Thanks, Britain At War magazine !
Thanks to all those who stopped by the CART display at the excellent Haselbury Mill WW2 event near Crewkerne on Father’s Day. It was a great day with lots of interest and lots of leads in the South West and also Worcestershire.
From our Devon researcher, Nina: “Though the weather could have been warmer it was a busy show and well attended. We talked to a lot of people about Auxiliary Units, many hearing about them for the first time. We were also given an amazing 10 leads on OB sites in Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Worcestershire. Going to be a busy rest of year hunting for those ! Many thanks gents. Chips were great too !”
Paddy White was playing the part of a 202 Bn Auxilier, leaving his ‘calling card’ on the occupying forces. Not only that, but he managed to pass on a plenty of CART flyers before he was ‘arrested’…
The G.C.R. is the Great Central Railway in Loughborough, Leicestershire. Check out the website here: http://www.gcrailway.co.uk/wartime/
Coleshill House (SN6 7PT) was the hush-hush headquarters of Churchill’s Secret Army, or the Auxiliers. Discover the detailed history of their training and visit some of the remaining Second World War features around the village, including the Guard House and the original prototype underground training bunker or Operational Base (OB). Plus, check out the newly built and refurbished replica “funk hole” and see the new display of artifacts including a rare copy of a Stand-Down letter.
|7 June 2018||18:00 – 20:00||Available|
|12 July 2018||18:00 – 20:00||Available|
|16 September 2018||10:00 – 12:00||Available|
|6 October 2018||14:00 – 16:00||Available|
Prices: Adult £5.00 / Child £2.50
Contact Rachel Coltman to book on: 01793 762-209
- Suitability: Children welcome (12+) / Assistance dogs welcome.
- Park & meet: at the Coleshill Estate Office car park.
- What to bring & wear: Please wear appropriate clothing for weather conditions. Flat sturdy shoes/boots/wellingtons advisable.
- Accessibility: A fairly long, flat walk through the village, woods & fields.
Free afternoons are also available to experience the replica OB:
|10 June 2018||14:00 – 17:00||Available|
|8 July 2018||14:00 – 17:00||Available|
|12 August 2018||14:00 – 17:00||Available|
|9 September 2018||14:00 – 17:00||Available|
|14 October 2018||14:00 – 17:00||Available|
CART will be at Haselbury Mill’s free WW2 event on Father’s Day, 17th June 2018. Take your Dad along for a little nostalgia and a chat! Haselbury Mill, Haselbury Plucknett, Nr Crewkerne, Somerset TA18 7NY
Some photos from last year:
We was there. Lots of folk in 1940’s garb. Lots of bacon rolls, banter and even the odd Mulberry Harbour caisson or two. Thanks to those interested in learning about Churchill’s Secret Army. Thank you Portland !