Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units

 

This page is part of a site tour of the Coleshill estate during WW2. Click here to start the tour. 

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Observation Post Overlooking Faringdon

In March 2011, Bill Ashby and Tom Sykes went to view the Observation Post that was used to train members of the Auxiliary Units at Coleshill. It is located in the Cuckoo Pen Plantation.

The OP was about the size of a telephone box but underground. There was a wooden seat and self closing hatch (See Below). It was located at the base of a large tree. It would have been used to observe the road from Faringdon to Coleshill, and the surrounding landscape. We suspect that there would have been a phone line connecting the OP with the nearby Operational Base. The OP was dug out about 20 years ago by members of RMARG.

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Coleshill Auxiliary Observation Post

Part of the view from the OP.

Coleshill Auxiliary Observation Post

The edge of the hole.

Coleshill Auxiliary Observation Post

Photo showing it dug out.

Coleshill Auxiliary Observation Post Hatch Lid

Coleshill Auxiliary Observation Post Hatch Lid

Two images of the lid to the OP. It was opened and closed with a long pole.