Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


Beattock Auxiliary Unit Patrol

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Thank you for selecting information on the Beattock Auxiliary Unit Patrol and their Operational Base located in Scotland. The info and below has been supplied by CART's Fife & Angus CIO, David Blair.

Research into this patrol and its training is ongoing. The information below is published from various sources and is by no means conclusive. If information is not listed below it does not necessarily mean the information is not out there but normally means CART researchers have not found it yet.

If you have any information on this patrol or can help with research in this area please do contact us.

Area Group commander Lt Joe Featherstone Number 4 Area/ Group 3a.

1940 and was 4a Independent Group (Area Group Commander was Capt J.G. Carruthers)

Sgt C. Heron
Cpl T.  Little
Pte J.  Rennie
Pte J.  Hyslop
Pte E.  Anderson
Pte J.  Souttar
Pte J.  Proudfoot     

The OB is within a small, established wood with a mixture of deciduous and mature larch trees.

The OB is In a remarkable state of preservation, some earth infill at entrance and exit

Orientation of OB: West –East (west being the entrance-escape tunnel facing east)

Internal dimensions of the main area are approx 2.9m wide x 5.95m long
Small area at the escape tunnel end measures 2.9m wide x 0.70m long with a 0.29m thick wall separating the two areas (Total length, excluding the entrance/escape tunnels is 6.94m)
Height of the base is approx 2.20m.

Further details to follow from source or my own field trip.

Beattock Auxiliary Unit Patrol 1

Beattock Auxiliary Unit Patrol 2

Looking towards escape exit, remnants of bunks and kerosene cans visible.

Beattock Auxiliary Unit Patrol 3

Entrance with some infill.  Interesting to note  ‘Blast wall.

West Coast Main line and bridge/A74 /A701 main roads

Training on occasion conducted at Otterburn and Beattock Moor, as well as Criagielands Woods and grounds.

.38 S&W Revolvers (all issued) 4 Sten guns, 3 Thompson SMG. Sykes/Fairbairn fighting knives (all issued) 1 BSA Model 12, later replaced by a Winchester 74. (Both Sten and Winchester issued to patrol c late 41)  Various explosives, including, Nobel 808, time Pencils, Pressure switches.

Although in Beattock the patrol was about 3 miles southwest of the Moffat Patrol, demonstrating the importance of covering such vital road and rail links. Beattock was itself a railway village. The famous Beattock summit, which; was the most difficult railway gradient in Britain and featured in the poet W H Auden's commentary for the classic 1930s documentary film Night Mail.

Allan Alston for locating the OB and for kindly supplying his photos and findings. Major Peter Forbes during correspondence

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