Apr 282021
 

We are saddened to learn of the passing of Ivan Mower. Ivan broke his leg recently and passed away in hospital on 27th April. He was 97. We send our condolences to his family and friends at this time.

Ivan was a member of the Stradbroke Patrol in Suffolk along with his father Albert: www.staybehinds.com/patrol/stradbroke-patrol

The Patrol built their Operational Base themselves. Ivan recalled that the Patrol thought that they were alone, not being aware of any other Patrols.

Ivan at his O.B. in 2011
Apr 092021
 

What if the Battle of Britain had not been a success? What was the plan had the Nazis successfully crossed the channel?

Museum Curator Chris Pratt talks to the HistoryHit folk. Chris packs a lot into 30 mins. Well worth a listen: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/britains-secret-army-the-resistance/id1526490428?i=1000516365466

The Museum at Parham is planning to re-open on Sunday 23rd May: www.parhamairfieldmuseum.co.uk/british-resistance-organisation/

Mar 272021
 

Unfortunately we are seeing more unscrupulous people palming things off purporting to have Auxiliary Units links. These people will stop at nothing to take your money.

We have seen it with fake Stand-Down badges, and recently a knife. If you have ANY doubts or would like a second opinion, PLEASE contact us first so that we can use our collective knowledge and experience to determine the likelihood of authenticity. It only takes a quick email to save heartache and also your pocket.

Don’t let them get away with your money or using the memory of these brave men and women of the Auxiliary Units to line their own pockets illicitly.

It’s not just well-known online bidding and shopping sites, but also official-looking auction-houses that are up to these scams. If in doubt, give us a shout !

Feb 242021
 

Immerse yourself and gain a little more appreciation for the men and women involved in Auxiliary Units. We’ve added 3 audio interviews and a video to our website and hope to add more soon:

Rex Chaston was an Auxilier in the Saxmundham Patrol. Listen to Rex explaining his time in Auxiliary Units HERE: www.staybehinds.com/patrol/saxmundham-patrol

Yolande Bromley (later Alston) was a Special Duties Branch radio operator. Listen to her story HERE: www.staybehinds.com/yolande-audrey-yvette-bromley-miss

Yolande Bromley

Watch the engrossing interview with Auxilier Herman Kindred from the Stratford St. Andrew Patrol HERE: www.staybehinds.com/patrol/stratford-st-andrew-patrol

Group Commander Harry Wharton spills the beans on his wartime role HERE: www.staybehinds.com/henry-wharton

Jan 172021
 

We are saddened to announce the peaceful passing of Donald Brown on 9th January.

Previously a headmaster, Don was a keen WW2 researcher who helped with the Defence of Britain Project (1995 – 2001) and who made the most of his Somerset contacts through his time with the Mendip Ranger Service. He tracked down and interviewed surviving Auxiliers and visited their Operational Bases. He collected copies of surviving papers and photographs, and together these were the source for his 1999 book; Somerset Versus Hitler.

He also assisted Tim Wray with his research for his book on Somerset Auxiliary Units, as well as John Warwicker for With Britain in Mortal Danger.

Don was instrumental in supporting CART in its early days by generously providing access to his collection of material about Auxiliary Units. He supplied us with the first national Auxiliary Units spreadsheet he and Tim had been working on. It was a game changer for us as it had so many names on it, all ordered, and saved many years of work for us, for which we are hugely grateful.

Due to the Covid pandemic the family are having a small family funeral and intend to follow this with a memorial service when it is appropriate and safe to do so.

He will be sorely missed and we send our condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time.

Jan 072021
 

CART’s Andy Chatterton returns to talk with the ‘History Hack’ ladies – this time it’s about the Special Duties side of Auxiliary Units – this was the civilian spy network that was put in place to report enemy troop movements once the country had been overrun by the Nazis.

Listen to the podcast here: https://historyhack.podbean.com/e/317-history-hack-nazi-invasion-the-special-duties-branch/

Dec 212020
 

As 2020 draws to a close we would like to take this opportunity to thank all our friends and supporters.

CART along with the National Trust at Coleshill have installed a memorial plaque to Auxiliary Units in the carpenter’s yard. Coleshill Estate was their General Headquarters and training camp.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/the-buscot-and-coleshill-estates/features/coleshills-second-world-war-secrets

All best wishes from the Coleshill Auxiliary Research Team. Here’s to a better year.

https://www.staybehinds.com

Dec 142020
 

CART catches up with the team at US podcast @HomeBrewHistory to introduce to those across the pond to the remarkable Auxiliary Units and Special Duties, and to dispel some myths about Britain’s unpreparedness in 1940.

Catch our chat here: https://podcasts.apple.com/…/home-brew…/id1511666233…

Nov 182020
 

If you haven’t seen our recent CART interview on WW2-TV (YouTube) you need to check this link out – https://youtu.be/Xr1E5FaG1oU

Hosted by Paul Woodadge of WW2-TV this is a cracking interview about Auxiliary Units. Paul hosts many other fascinating WW2 topics. His channel link is: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUC1nmJGHmiKtlkpA6SJMeA

We hope we can do another interview focusing on the Special Duties side next time. Enjoy !