Today we have added three basic patrol reports by David Blair to the site for Camster, Thurso and Weydale Patrols in Caithness, Scotland.
You can see these here.
If you have any additional info on these patrols please email us.
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.
Using 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]
Read our page all about the Toyshop here.
Today our Aberdeenshire CIO Alan Stewart has added another five patrol reports in Aberdeenshire to the site.
They are just basic reports that include names of the Auxilier’s but we have found that this normally means that members of the public and their relatives help us fill in the gaps.
On 11th April former ATS Cpl Joan Welborn returned to GHQ Coleshill for the first time in 72 years.
Joan was guided around the site by Bill Ashby, our Coleshill Researcher.
Joan arrived at Coleshill on May 22st 1943 and worked in the orderly room which was located on the first floor of the Stable Block above the stables.
Joan worked for Camp Commandant, Captain Benson who had an office nearby. Although she had electricity her office was very cold and she used to type wearing woollen mitts.
We took her into the stable block to find her office.
We wanted to take a photograph of Joan by the same gates she stood by in this picture with her colleagues.
Bill then showed Joan the replica Operational Base and she was brave enough to venture inside where she was met by National Trust Volunteer Roger Green.
Joan is one of only a few Coleshill staff members to return to the site after travelling down from Leeds.
Our thanks go to her and her family for a great day.
You can read more about Joan here.
See a whole gallery of images of the trip here.
Today Alan Stewart, our CIO for Aberdeenshire, has published five new patrol reports.
Milltimber, Maryculter, Fyvie, Slains and Tarty.
These are very basic reports at this stage and mainly give the names of the Auxiliers involved.
We rely on the publics help to come forward and assist further.
If you can help please email email@example.com.
All the reports can be seen here
Today we have added information on the Special Duties OUT station known as Golding 4 in Somerset. The info and images have been supplied by CART’s Devon CIO, Nina Hannaford and Aux researcher Chris Perry.
The secret wireless was sited at Captain Wight Boycott’s home Oakhampton House (sometimes recorded as Oakhampton Manor) Wiveliscombe. The site has been recorded as being in the attic but it is known a dugout was present so it COULD have originally been placed in the attic whilst the dugout was being built.
“Runners” would then have brought messages to the dugout.
In Devon messages these were left in secret compartments (Quite often message bolts) hidden in gate posts (see above) and this would have been ideal at the location though we cannot prove this happened here.
Read the full report here
Today is St Piran’s Day so we thought we would add another patrol from Cornwall to the site.
The Philleigh Patrol were situated on the Roseland Peninsular next to the River Fal. Their Operational base was located in a small copse (see image) surrounded by farmland on Trenestral Farm. The patrol requested, and were given, an inflatable dingy and limpet mines for use on vessels in the River Fal.
See the full report by our Devon rresearch Nina Hannaford here
The Peterhead Auxiliary Unit Patrol in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, had two Operational Bases, the first being located in the cellar of a tower built in a cemetery! The last place the Germans would look.
Read Alan’s full report here