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Dorset Auxiliary Unit Patrols And Operational Bases.
Our County Information Officer
(CIO) in this area is:
Name: Dr Will Ward
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: N/A
Please Note: Research into
this county and its patrols are still ongoing. The information below is published from various sources and is
by no means conclusive. If information is not listed below it does not necessarily mean the information is not
out there but normally means our researchers have not found it yet!
The Auxiliary Units were specially trained, highly secret groups of volunteers created
by the British government, during the Second World War, with the aim of resisting the expected occupation of
the United Kingdom by Nazi Germany.
The guerrilla units, sometimes referred to as a part of the British Resistance
Organisation, were initiated by Winston Churchill in the early summer of 1940. He
appointed Colonel Colin
Gubbins to found them. The Auxiliary Units answered
to GHQ Home
Forces, but were organised as if part of the local Home Guard. Read
The Dorset Auxiliary Patrols can be divided into 6 Groups, based on the May 1943 list of patrols found in
National Archives file WO199/3390. This lists the men by patrol, with the patrols grouped by geographic
regions. The number of geographical groups also matches the number of men later promoted to Captain, who were
also those known to be Group Commanders for some areas. There were some changes in patrols and personnel over
time and the Group structure did not exist earlier in the war, but it provides a useful way to look at the
patrols. It is not known how the Groups considered themselves – in some parts of the country groups were
numbered, but we have no direct evidence of this in Dorset.
Each marker pin shows the centre of the town or village where the patrol was located. They do
not indicate the location of any Operational Bases or physical locations to go and view.
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