You can now take a tour of the newish replica Operational Base at GHQ Coleshill thanks to our new video with CART researcher Bill Ashby.
The OB was built thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. It is a replica of the existing wartime Operational Base elsewhere on the Estate, that needs protecting.
It has mainly been constructed by volunteers with Coleshill local Roger Green now conducting many of the tours.
See more here
Jason’s grandfather Aubrey Groom was the patrol leader and as far as we are aware this location has never been published before.
You can read Jason’s excellent report here
Today we added a very special location to our Special Duties Branch Micro-site.
The Hemyock SDB Outstation in Devon.
This EXCLUSIVE report by CART CIO’s Nina Hannaford and Dr Will Ward shows just how well preserved the bunker is and the remaining is fascinating.
You can read the full report and see a plan of the space here
We have updated the page on the new replica Operational Base at Coleshill and added lots of new images as well as re-designed the layout and add the full back story.
You can see more here
Thanks to Roger Green for all his help.
Today our CIO for East Yorkshire and his team broadcast a series of videos live during an investigation to find an Operational Base in the wilds of East Yorkshire.
The three hour journey showed how hard it is for our researchers to find underground Operational Base’s designed not to be found.
At around 11:00 am they found a pile of bricks next to a large depression which they believe may have been the location of the bunker.
If this is the case it has long since been destroyed.
The live broadcasts allowed us to share the experience within minutes of them finding the location and gave a real insight it how hard the work is.
More research into the location will follow but you can see the videos here.
As we were preparing a re-vamped version of our Weapons & Explosives DVD we came across a short piece of video which we have never shared with anyone.
Keith was the Head Warden at Coleshill for many years and he loved sharing all his knowledge. Bob explains how things were done in his OB.
Watch the video and read more here
As many of you will know the National Trust at Coleshill were given lottery funding to build a replica Operational Base at Coleshill.
The project is being managed by an amateur Archaeologist and overseen by the National Trust and was due to open in September this year at the ‘Coleshill Underground Weekend‘.
Sadly due to poor weather during the summer and what would appear some issues with the construction it is still not finished and not open to the public.
We popped up there today to have a look at the progress and also to show you a wide view of the estate.