Jun 292014

BirthdayToday is CART’s (Coleshill Auxiliary Research Team) fifth birthday.

We have been researching the Auxiliary Units (British Resistance) for five years.

The website was started on 29th June 2009 by Tom Sykes after a visit to the GHQ at Coleshill.

Tom had no idea that there were others around the country interested in the subject and soon a group was formed.

The main strength of CART is that we share our findings. We believe strongly in being open and transparent and share all our findings with each other and the world in a free way.

CART’s CIO’s (Researchers) all share this ethos and this is how we have been able to grow so quickly, that and many hundreds of hours of volunteer time in records offices and romping through the countryside looking for Operational Bases.

The British Resistance Archive is the result of all this hard work, much of which has never been discovered before.

Thank you to all our Friends, Supporters and followers for all your help and financial aid.

Here’s to another 5 years!!!!

Jul 012013

On Saturday June 29th we celebrated our fourth birthday.

It all started with a chance trip to Coleshill in June 2009 when our founder Tom Sykes drove past the estate with his then girlfriend and now wife Paula.

Paula mentioned to Tom that the estate was used for clandestine activity during the war and he was hooked.

Tom set up a small website to collate the research he was uncovering and with the help of the late Keith Blaxhall and Auxilier Bob Millard, CART was born.

Over the months that followed other historians started finding the website and soon a network was formed and the name CART (Coleshill Auxiliary Research Team) was decided upon.

Over the last 4 years we have launched an Archaeological survey of the GHQ at Coleshill called ‘Coleshill Uncovered’.

We have taken part in the Langton Matravers Auxiliary Unit Memorial Plaque Presentation.

Understanding the importance of preserving Operational Bases, we launched ‘Operation Turnip’, a project to restore a real Operational Base in Kent.


In 2011 we created a unique film on the Welsh resistance for the Abergavenny Museum and published ‘Gone to Ground‘, the only known novel by an Auxilier. The Coleshill Reborn project was also launched which investigated the tunnel system under Coleshill House and produced a full set of CAD technical drawings of Coleshill House and the outbuildings.

We have also organised many events, most notably at Tottington Manor, the regional Aux training HQ in Sussex. This saw Sussex Intelligence Officer Captain Ian Benson, return after 70 years and talk for the first time to the public about his top secret work.

This November we are organising the march for the British Resistance contingent on Armistice Day at the Cenotaph. It will be the first time members of the Auxiliary Units have marched and is a very important day for Auxiliers as they have never had official recognition by the British government. – See more here.

Our website now contains more than 630 pages of research and has seen over 200,000 visitors. Our research has attracted TV, radio and national press attention.

We are always looking for new volunteers and researchers to help expand our knowledge and resources.

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Jun 292011

Today is CART’s second birthday and I am pleased to say we are still going strong with more supporters and info being added daily.

In the last two years CART has

  • Created a network of national researchers all over the UK.
  • Added hundreds of pages of new and uncovered info on the Aux Units to our website.
  • Advised on a feature film about British Resistance.
  • Produced our own Auxiliary Ale.
  • Been able to confirm to over 30 relatives that their loved ones were Aux Unit members.
  • Organised two large events celebrating the Aux Units as well as other trips for members.
  • Produced two DVD’s.
  • Instigated and set up the ‘Coleshill Uncovered‘ project.
  • Set up the ‘Coleshill Reborn‘ project and also investigated the tunnel system under Coleshill House.
  • Secured the rights to print the first autobiography of an Auxilier, ‘Gone to Ground

and much more….

Thank you to all our researchers and members for your support over the last to years. You are what makes this organisation and we thank you for this.

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