Just out of interest, I was one of the founders of the Auxiliary Units Museum at Parham in Suffolk in 1997. Fascinating subject, and still not fully disclosed. The units were never though officially part of the HG, as they had their own GHQ command. Their HG 'identity' was a cover designed to allow them to go about their real war work within their community without raising suspicion, though this point is still widely misunderstood by later researchers. It is often thought that the mention of Home Guard Commandos in the Dad's Army episode "Brain Versus Brawn' was a reference to Aux Units but was most likely a reference to the actual HG Commandos that were set up in some areas, but not connected to the Aux Units. A notable example was the Weald HG Commandos in Essex.
Hello caretaker, and a big welcome to you to the forum.
Wow, that is interesting stuff you are writing! It would be great if you could share more info about the subject as we go along. Like you wrote, the subject is not yet fully disclosed and if you have been involved, it would be great to hear more. Maybe you could tell more about the museum?
”By Jove, that’s the sort of talk I like to hear!”
I got involved with uncovering the history of Aux Units while a trustee of what is now called Parham Airfield Musem in Suffolk. It turned out that the owner of the former WW2 American AAF Airfield had served in Auxiliary Units along with his brother, and research over the following few years resulted in the establishment of a dedicated museum attached to the Air Museum. It is now regarded as the national museum to the units, also spawning two books, the first of which 'With Britain in Mortal Danger' I was privileged to have acted as contributing author. The main author, John Warwicker, had discovered the original connection between the landowner and the Aux Units. Our combined research resulted in official disclosure of the Auxiliary Units nominal roll, which the Government had previously denied existed - although, as mentioned earlier, aspects of the Aux Units history are believed to remain on the secret list. An early draft of a previously unknown official history, written for the War Office in late 1944, was also published. I was fortunate enough to uncover the document in the Channel Islands, where it was taken at the end of the war by it's original author. The full final document has never been disclosed.
Although I'm no longer officially involved in Aux Units research, it nonetheless remains a subject of interest.
Has anyone been recording this series? Chris and I would both love to see it if possible. Chees.
OK - this was aired on local t.v. station London Live (Freeview Channel 8).
I have recorded all episodes and they are available here (let me know if the links do not work):
#1 - In the Beginning. In 1940, Hitler was poised to invade Britain. This is the hitherto untold story of the British Resistance movement, set up around the coast, by Winston Churchill. Britain stood alone in 1940 facing the might of the all-conquering German forces but Winston Churchill had an idea. He set up an Underground Army of farmers teenagers women and veterans from WW1
#2 - Let the Bastards Come. The Top Secret Underground bases of Britain's Resistance Movement - and the farm-workers, gamekeepers and schoolboys who learned how to handle machine-guns and explosives as they waited for the Germans to invade.
#5 - Invasion Imminent. Peter Williams tells the story of the resistance movement set up around the coast by Winston Churchill to harass the enemy, recalling how, as Hitler prepared to invade, the secret army went underground along the south and East Anglian coasts. Hitler is poised to invade Britain - and the Church bells ring in Kent and Sussex, Hampshire and Essex, East Anglia and Dorset as the Resistance Movement prepare to go underground.
#6 - Secret Sweeties. The women who joined the Top Secret British Resistance Units - and their part in the D-Day deception that fooled Hitler into thinking that the Allies would strike back across the Straits of Dover. Peter Williams tells the story of the women who were recruited to join the British Resistance movement and helped deceive Hitler into thinking the D-Day Allied invasion of France would come across the Straits of Dover.
#8 - Reflections. Members of the British Resistance Movement, the Auxiliary Units reflect on "the most vivid days" of their lives - and the story of the Werewolves, the Nazi fanatics who tried to form a German underground resistance, as the allies advanced through Europe.
Post by Dave Homewood on Dec 9, 2020 13:07:26 GMT 12
Thanks for posting these links Chris, I am looking forward to viewing them.
I have downloaded the first six episodes but the 7th and 8th episodes come up with a warning that they cannot be downloaded securely. I do not know what the issue is there but I wonder if you have any ideas?
As an aside these eps. were aired from DVD on London Live - a local t.v. station on Freeview channel 8. He also has a commensurate series of interviews from folks affected by the Doodle Bugs in the London Blitz. The problem with London Live are the ad. breaks. These can be up to 10 mins long severely cutting into content. These recordings from 30 min slots were trimmed of ads. and resulted in only about 20mins of content.