A small group from the local Royal British Legion Poitou-Charentes branch in France are recreating the cycle ride undertaken by Lt Tomos Stephens as part of Op Bulbasket in 1944. Disguised as a Frenchman and riding a pre-war pushbike, he rode from Sazas near Montromillion to the railway marshalling yard at Chatellerault to gather information about fuel tankers stored there. It was a 120km (75 mile) round trip in a single day, an incredible feat. The intelligence was supplied to the RAF who bombed the fuel stored at the railway yard, significantly slowing the 2nd SS Das Reich Panzer Division who lacked enough fuel for their move north towards Normandy. Sadly Lt Stephens was shot after capture, having given himself up so a young maquisard could escape, hoping that his uniform would mean he would become a prisoner, whereas the Maquis were always executed. That young man witnessed Lt Stephens death from his hiding place (and recorded this a few years ago – the story differing from that given by the Bulbasket survivors who were told third hand he had been beaten to death). Lt Stephens was buried in a family vault in nearby Verriéres.
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 our Scottish CIOS have added three new patrol reports to the site.
The reports give the names of the men involved and other important information.
Site visits are planned in the future.
If you can help with any of their research please contact us.
We have just added a patrol report by Alan Stewart on the Mountblairy Patrol to the site.
Their Operational Base can be seen in the black circle on the image above.
All members worked on the Forglen Estate near Turriff in Aberdeenshire and were approached by Sgt Jonathan Taylor.
Read the report here.
Today our CIO Alan Stewart added a patrol report to the site on the Forgue Auxiliary Unit Patrol in Aberdeenshire.
Cryle Shand, Son of Cpl William Shand, Forgue
Bruce Bremner, Son of Joseph Bremner
Mary Scott, Daughter of Maurice Smith
and Patrick Scott – Local Historian from Huntly all helped with information and accounts.
See the full report here.