Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


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Norfolk Auxiliary Unit Patrols And Operational Bases.

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The Auxiliary Units were specially trained, highly secret groups of volunteers created by the British government, during the Second World War, with the aim of resisting the expected occupation of the United Kingdom by Nazi Germany.

The guerrilla units, sometimes referred to as a part of the British Resistance Organisation, were initiated by Winston Churchill in the early summer of 1940. He appointed Colonel Colin Gubbins to found them. The Auxiliary Units answered to GHQ Home Forces, but were organised as if part of the local Home Guard. Read more here

In 1940, Intelligence Officer Captain Andrew Croft set up AU patrols in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk.

201 men had been recruited, forming 11 groups, divided into 35 patrols. 40 OBs had been built and 8 more were planned. By 1942, the number of recruited men had risen to 276 and the number of patrols amounted to 45.

Regional Headquarters

Intelligence Officers

Group Commanders Click here for information of Special Duties Branch activity in this county 
  Click here to read other information on this county Click here for a lists of suspected Auxiliers in this county   
Operational Map 
Each marker pin shows the centre of the town or village where the patrol was located. They do not indicate the location of any Operational Bases or physical locations to go and view. View a fullscreen version of the map here. 


Norfolk Patrols
CART has basic documentation on these patrols unless they are a clickable link.
Norfolk Group 1 (Norwich) - Lead by Capt RW Eades with CH Buxton and his 2nd Lt and J Page as his 2nd Sgt.
Earlham Patrol - Updated 8/9/11
Eaton Patrol - Added 19/7/11 
Thorpe St. Andrew/Sprowston Patrol - Updated 8/5/12 
Norfolk Group 2 - Lead by Capt. H.W.R. Mitchell
Fundenhall Patrol - Updated 16/2/12 
Kirby Bedon Patrol - Added 22/9/11 
Stoke Holy Cross Patrol - Updated 28/10/14
Carleton St Peter Patrol - Added 13/9/12
Norfolk Group 3 - Lead by CO Capt Duncan with PN Neave as his 2nd Lt and AG Abel as his 3rd Lt.
Aylsham Patrol - Updated 23/12/12
Baconsthorpe Patrol - Updated 21/9/11 
Alby / Calthorpe Patrol - Updated 23/12/12
Matlaske Patrol - Updated 21/2/12
North Walsham Patrol - Updated 23/12/12 
Stody Patrol - Updated 23/12/12
Norfolk Group 4 - Lead by Lt LS Harris (1940 – 1943) & Capt RW Eades
Happisburgh Patrol - Updated 3/2/14
Hoveton Patrol - Updated 11/8/11 
Neatishead Patrol - Added 17/8/11 
Norfolk Group 5 - Lead by Lt. Harry Wharton
Mautby Patrol - Updated 21/9/12
South Walsham Patrol - Added 14/8/11 
Wroxham Patrol - Updated 7/9/11 
Wroxham Aux Unit Scout Section - Updated 9/1/12 
Norfolk Group 6 - Lead by Lt G F Rutterford
Holkham Park Patrol - Added 5/8/11 
Brancaster Patrol - Added 18/8/12
Norfolk Group 7 - Lead by Lt Richard Ralph Stanton with J Young as his 2nd Lt and W Newstead as his Lt.
Dersingham Patrol - Updated 9/1/15
Snettisham Patrol - Updated 22/12/11 
Ringstead Patrol - Updated 9/1/15
West Norfolk Scouts - Added 13/8/12 
Norfolk Group 8 - Lead by Lt LN Brock
Ashill Patrol - Added 25/9/11 
Castle Rising Patrol - Added 5/10/11 
Gayton Patrol - Updated 13/8/12
Mintlyn Patrol - Added 20/9/11
Middleton Patrol - Added 18/8/12
Narford Patrol - Added 13/9/12
Norfolk Group 9 - Lead by Lt Wm W Ward with EW Longfield as his Sgt.
Fritton St Olaves Patrol - Updated 13/8/12 
Somerleyton / Fritton Lake Patrol - Added 21/8/11 
Norfolk Group 10 - Lead by Capt Walter G Gentle (Brandon) - Local butcher. His 2nd Lts were Eric G Field, R.F.St.B Wayne, DC Kerry/Carey and possibly GR Holmes as his 2nd Sgt.
Brandon Patrol - Added 30/12/11 
Hockwold Patrol - Added 22/12/11 

Fakenham Patrol - Updated 7/1/14

Norfolk Group 11 - Lead by Lt LN Brook with JE Taylor as his 2nd Sgt.
Alethorpe Patrol - Updated 23/12/12
Blakeney Patrol - Added 22/8/11 
Cley Patrol - Added 2/9/11 
Thursford PatrolUpdated 23/12/12
Walsingham Patrol - Added 7/8/11 

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