Sep 062019

Sunday September 22nd, 10am to 4pm. SN6 7PT

The grounds of Coleshill House are littered with Aux history. There’s the Guard House, replica SD hide, the remains of the huts where some of the men lived and worked. Grenade and rifle ranges, where they practiced on old tanks and lorries – even a piece of one of those tanks has been found.

We will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Auxiliers being stood down from service. These brave men and women volunteered to act as an underground resistance to the threatened German invasion in 1940.

What else ? Military vehicles, re-enactors, music & dancing, food and drink. For the kids there will be a special activity challenge trail, and code-breaking.

Replica bunker tours

Plus there are some special guests lined up too:

Malcolm Atkin: former archaeologist, military historian & professional author including these WW2 books –

Tony ‘Scallywag’ Salter: Living Historian and highly knowledgeable Aux Units enthusiast, Tony (and his lovely wife Julie) take their display all around the country educating as they go –

Auxiliary Unit talks from Chris Pratt (British Resistance Museum at Parham, Suffolk), and local historian Bill King who contributed to the book ‘With Britain in Mortal Danger’, as well as appearing in various television programmes.

Bill King & Chris Pratt

Of course C.A.R.T. will be there too, packing The Granary to the gunwales with displays of weapons, explosives and other equipment issued to the Auxiliers, a fully equipped bunker and re-creations of the wartime offices. There will be lots of items on display for first time in 75 years in this location, including numerous original documents and photographs.

This is a huge event and not to be missed.

Apr 232018
Our Devon and Somerset researchers have met up with a couple connected to the fabulous Cobbaton Combat Collection (here).

“We investigated possible OB sites around Shirwell in North Devon. We still need some confirmation, so if there are any family members out there who can point us in the right direction or confirm what we have found please contact us (here).
After a great lunch (we are civilised researchers!) we moved onto Bideford.
Sadly we couldn’t find anyone to get permission to access one recorded possible OB site. That will have to wait for another day.
We went to a couple of sites where bomb stores were recorded. Perfect distance from the OB for different targets. One site has now been built on and the other is sadly a wood full of rubbish !
An Auxiliers daughter told us that explosives were also stored under the floor of the ‘Old Mission Chapel’. We found that in a bit of a sorry state but again perfect distance from the recorded OB.
A good wander around the area gave us a real feel for the Patrol movements and targets. A great day out !”

May 172015


Discovery Channel – Friday 22nd May 9pm.

This one-off documentary explores the secretive and strange arms race between Britain and the Nazis during WW2. 

Convinced that the path to victory lay in out gunning the Nazis but faced with limited resources, British weapon manufactures were forced to improvise. 

To combat the problem, Winston Churchill himself set-up a secret clandestine research institute, dedicated to coming up with super weapons that would give troops the edge in battle. He christened the department Military Defence 1 but it quickly becomes known as Churchill’s toyshop.

Screen Shot 2015-05-17 at 5.20.01 amUsing rare archive and interviews, the one-off special tells the story of the department and some of the most fantastic and improbable weapons ever created. With the help of modern experts and contemporary blue prints the series will also recreate some of the lost technology. [Source: Sky]


Many items used by the Auxiliary Units were designed by Major Millis Jefferis and Stuart Macrae including the Sticky Bomb and the Pressure Switch. This can be bought in our shop.

Read our page all about the Toyshop here.

There is also a very good book on the subject called ‘Churchill’s Toyshop’ Which can be bought here. 

Mar 042013

personal-equipment-of-the-auxiliary-unitsOur researchers have now added more than 50 items to the Personal Equipment page.

The page covers the equipment generally issued to each Auxilier as well as the insignia and side arms. The information has been produced by CART CIO Bill Ashby with help from others.

It’s a really interesting pictorial guide through the vast array of kit supplied and well worth looking at.

More here


Feb 112013

watch now blueWe are pleased to say that you can now watch the main film on our Weapons and Explosives DVD  on a pay per view basis.

The extras are only on the DVD version.

You can pay with any credit or debit card or paypal account and will be able to view the film for 7 days.

Click here to watch now

Feb 072013


We are pleased to say our updated Weapons & Explosives DVD is now for sale.

This unique DVD provides a detailed insight into the weapons and explosives used by Winston Churchill’s Auxiliary Unit’s as well as SOE and other units.


Operational Base – We take you on a tour into the training Operational Base (OB) at Coleshill and then a group of experts discuss how they were built etc.

Coleshill Uncovered – You can see what artifacts have been recovered in the Coleshill grounds over the years.

British Resistance in Wales – A film CART made for Abergavenny Museum which was shown in their exhibition in 2011.

‘The Garth’ – A brief tour of the birthplace of the British Resistance Movement and first Auxiliary Training Centre.

About CART – A short film explaining more about CART and it’s research.

Coleshill Underground Weekend – A taster of the September event in 2012 at GHQ Coleshill.

Read more and buy a copy here 

Dec 082012

Eric Anthony Sykes is most famous for his work with William E. Fairbairn in the development of the Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife and modern British Close Quarters Battle (CQB) martial arts during World War II. The Fairbairn-Sykes knife was used by nearly every Auxilier in the UK.

Phil Matthews is a researcher into the Combative Arts and their Instructors and he firmly believe that none of the Instructors suddenly appeared out of “no-where” to serve the Allies in their time of need. He has prepared a really in-depth look at this man and has kindly shared it with us.

It can be seen here