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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 Essex Auxiliary
Patrols can be divided into Groups, based on the nominal roll. This lists the men by patrol, with the patrols
grouped by geographic regions. 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. There is a
list of names for the patrols compiled in 1942 by Captain Darwall-Smith, though the names do not always
accurately reflect the geographic area of the patrol and other names are sometimes known to have been
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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