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CART will be attending the ‘Historic Military Vehicle Event’ at Haselbury Mill, Somerset on Sunday 30th June.June 18th, 2019
CART will have our ‘multi-award winning display’ at Haselbury Mill on Sunday June 30th. Come along for a family fun day out and discover what Churchill’s Auxiliary Units would have done if Britain was invaded in WW2.
CART will be at Colchester Garrison, Essex as part of Armed Forces Day, hosted by the 16th Air Assault Brigade on Saturday 29th June.
Researchers will be on hand for a friendly chat complete with a display of equipment & information about local Auxiliary Units. Find out what they would have done if Hitler had invaded in 1940. Some members of the Auxiliary Units went on to join the SAS and were dropped into France for D-Day in 1944.
This weekend 8th / 9th June CART is at Southwick Revival 75
Just a reminder that we will be at the Southwick Revival event this weekend (8th/9th June). CART founder Tom Sykes has been there this morning and sent us some great D-Day related images. Thanks Tom.
If you’re in the area then pop along and say hello!
See more about Tom’s work here https://www.facebook.com/cameraopuk
If you haven’t already liked us on Facebook, search for British Resistance Archive – Churchill’s Auxiliary Units. We’re sending out daily Aux reports over these momentous days.
CART are delighted to announce that we will be attending one of the most prestigious 75th D-Day anniversary events, at Southwick, Hampshire on the 8th & 9th June: https://www.southwickrevival.co.uk/
Southwick House, HQ for the 1944 D-Day preparations, hosted General Eisenhower, Admiral Ramsay and General Montgomery.
The original invasion map is still on the wall…
We will be bringing our Auxiliary Units display and have information at hand. This area was hugely important in the run up to D-Day.
Drop by for a friendly chat and look over our display of Aux Unit artifacts. As Eisenhower said – “OK, let’s Go !”
The CART team will be attending with our award-winning display of all things ‘Aux’ at Nothe Fort’s 1940’s Home Front Family Weekend 25th & 26th May: https://nothefort.org.uk/news-events/1940s-home-front-family-weekend?occurrenceID=311
CART continued to excavate the O.B. at Ferndown, Dorset at the weekend. Locals were welcomed and very interested.
Finds included glazed ceramic ventilation pipes stamped with STOTAM, and the identification of the water-pipe (from the previously unearthed water-tank) coming into the bunker through the entrance-shaft wall.
CART Dorset (Dr. Will Ward) gave a talk about Aux Units and this Patrol bunker. ‘Bodge’ Wareham brought some of his ‘toys’ along, and we even had a visit from the Home Guard bomb disposal !
Verdon Besley was 16 when he joined the Sandford Auxiliary Unit Patrol in Somerset. At 18 he joined the Queen’s Royal Regiment and went all the way to Berlin where his Auxiliary training came in handy.
The Patrol’s Operational Base was inside an old lead mine in the Mendip hills. Learn more about the Sandford Patrol here: https://www.coleshillhouse.com/sandford-levy-bunker.php
Our sympathies to his family and friends. R.I.P. Verdon Besley.
CART was at the D-Day Centre, Portland at the weekend. Although a bit chilly, the team were kept in high spirits with mugs of hot tea and cake, while the public and re-enactors were fascinated with everything AUX Units.
Don’t worry if you couldn’t make it, CART will be displaying at Nothe Fort, Weymouth on Sat 25th and Sun 26th May, at their 1940’s Home Front Family Weekend https://nothefort.org.uk/news-events/1940s-home-front-family-weekend?occurrenceID=311
Last weekend CART did a ‘Time Team’ on an Operational Base (O.B.) in an undisclosed site in Dorset…
Turns out it wasn’t so secret. Every second visitor from nearby houses had played in it as a child!
The main point is that it is now recorded and will be added to the CART website.