Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


Swinhoe/Broomford Auxiliary Unit Patrol

This page was last updated at 3:19pm on 27/1/14

Thank you for selecting information on the Swinhoe/Broomford Auxiliary Unit Patrol and their Operational Base in Northumberland. The info and images below have been supplied by CART's Northumberland CIO Stephen Lewins.

They were part of Group No 3.
Capt Joseph "Peter" Robinson was in the patrol and was Group C/O. He was also Northumberland C/O along with Lambert Carmichael they were the first to be involved in setting up and recruiting the right sort of men.

Currently unknown

F. Hoult
Joseph "Peter" Robinson
G.C. Gregory
Sgt. H. Hodgson
F. Rogerson
A. Pyle

The O.B. was built by the 184th Special Tunnelling Company R.E. as were all the other Northumberland O.B.s. From their correspondence with the War Office it would seem that all were completed around the end of December 1942.

The site is located at the North West end of former RAF Brunton.

Swinhoe Auxiliary Unit 1




This is another collapsed O.B. in Northumberland. The site is near to Chathill and approximately half way between South Broomford and Swinhoe farms. 

Swinhoe Auxiliary Unit 2




There is little to see now, one ventilation pipe can just be seen sticking through the grass and some brick work is exposed. 

Swinhoe Auxiliary Unit 3


The brick work is probably the part of the main entrance wall judging by the layout of the O.B. site.

It follows the normal construction pattern of the Northumberland O.B.s. The “elephant “shelter is positioned on the high ground close to Tuggal Burn. The bolt hole route is evident heading toward the burn. The rest of the site is just a bit of a hollow in the ground. I suspect that originally the site was wooded but is now exposed.

East Coast main line. RAF Brunton initially a heavy bomber base with one of the longest runways in England. Also The North Sunderland branch line and all road bridges between the OB an the sea.

Currently unknown.

Unknown, but it is assumed that they would have access to the “standard” Auxiliary weapons of a Browning Automatic Rifle, a Thompson Machine Gun and two Enfield rifles.

Nothing currently.

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