Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units

 

Weapons & Explosives Of Churchill's Auxiliary Units

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As a background to the formation of the Auxiliary Units in July 1940, it must be remembered that the few weeks previous to that event had seen the surrender of France, the armistice being signed in the same railway carriage in which Germany had signed the armistice in the First World War (22 June 1940) and the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) from Dunkirk and other Channel Ports (26 May – 4 June 1940) in Operation Dynamo. Although this effectively saved a large part of the British Army from capture and enabled it to survive to fight another day, the BEF left behind much of its equipment, especially heavy equipment, including tanks, trucks, anti-tank guns and artillery. It would have to be re-equipped as quickly as possible to potentially fight off a German invasion. Added to this, was the need to equip both the Home Guard and the Auxiliary Units for possible service in repelling such an attack.

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Auxiliary Kit

Some of the Equipment an Auxilier would carry. (Copyright to N.Marshall)

 

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