Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units

 

A Tour Of An Operational Base

Please Note: The Coleshill House site and grounds are owned by the National Trust. The woods and grounds of the house are all strictly private and access is limited to set days a year. See our events page for their official open days. Attempting to access the site outside of these times is not only trespassing but could damage the future of our work and relationship with the Trust and villagers. Please respect this.

Take a tour of a replica Operational Base with our Coleshill researcher Bill Ashby below.

The images below are of the main training bunker or Operational Base located within Coleshill's grounds. See the new replica bunker here

You can also see this OB being excavated here.

 Coleshill Operational Base

This model made by Roger Green shows the Coleshill OB as a cut-through. To see a large version of it click here.

Operational base at Coleshill

Image copyright to National Trust Coleshill

The images below were taken inside the locked OB at Coleshill. This bunker is in private property and not viewable by the public.

Coleshill Operational base chimney

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The exit hole for the stove that would have been used inside the OB. The concrete seen here was used to secure a hollow tree trunk in which the chimney would extend up to the top of the tree line in order to hide smoke or cooking smells.

Steps down into the Coleshill OB

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The main entrance to the bunker was hidden under a slideing entrance at ground level. The original ladder remains and at the bottom is a blast wall seen below. This was there in case a grenade was thrown into the hole and protected the men from the blast.

Blast wall inside the Coleshill OB

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© Michael Tucknott

The blast wall (Red brick) designed to stop grenades. The blast wall was designed to be very narrow so any invading troops would have a job maneuvering around it with full fighting kit on. The small room to the left of this was the toilet.

© Michael Tucknott

Inside the main room of the bunker looking out towards where the exit tunnel would have been.

© Michael Tucknott

Inside the main room facing towards the main entrance and blast wall.

Auxiliary Unit Matress

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The remains of a bed frame from the time.

Stove in the Coleshill OB

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The markings on the wall where the stove would have been and the exit hole as pointed out where the fumes and smoke would have past up through the hollow tree.

Working inside an OB

(Image copyright to Steve Bulmer. Representing E.R. Brockadale Auxiliary Patrol)

You can look around inside a mock up OB at the Museum of the British Resistance Organisation. See a few images of it below.

Inside the mock OB at Parham

Inside the mock OB at Parham 2

What would have been stored in an OB? 

COMPASS MAGNETIC 1
TYRE CUTTER 1
SPARE DETONATORS 50
FIRST AID SET 1
MONOCULAR AND CASE 1
PRIMUS STOVE 1
LAMPS HURRICANE 2
PICK AND HELVE 1
POUCHES BASIC 2
SHOVELS 2
DET. CARRIERS 8
M.E.B 48
ELSAN AND ELSANOL 1
TRIPWIRE ROLLS 24
TRAPWIRE ROLLS 24
GRENADES 36M 48
AUX UNITS Mkll 15
BOTTLES A.W. 48
RELEASE SWITCHES 50
PULL SWITCHES 50
PRESSURE SWITCHES 50
PARAFFIN up to 10 gals, per patrol
THERMOMETER 1
SHELL DRESSINGS up to 4 per patrol
TELEPLHONE CABLE already laid
PLASTIC H.E. up to 30lb per patrol
L. DELAYS 1 hr -15) unless LDelays for
L DELAYS 3hr-15) Auxunit Mkll have been issued
COTTON WASTE
CRIMPING TOOLS 4
C.T.I, (where issued) 60
STRIKER BOARDS 24
MAGNETS 24
TIME PENCILS (where issued) 240
CAMOUFLAGE CREAM 3 black, 3 green, 3 brown
AMMUNITION
.450 1200
9mm 1250
.300 100
.22 200

SEE MANY MORE PICTURES OF THIS BUNKER ON OUR IMAGES PAGE.

YOU CAN ALSO SEE IMAGES OF THE DISCOVERY OF THIS OB ON OUR EXCAVATION PAGE HERE