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Churchill’s Secret Headquarters Uncovered For The First Time – What Will Be Revealed?
The Coleshill Auxiliary Research Team (CART) and other organisations are starting an archaeological survey this weekend of areas of the Coleshill estate on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire border.
By: Tom Sykes
This weekend approximately 30 volunteers will be surveying what little remains of this top secret WW2 site in the hope that they may uncover a new underground operational base and other small finds. The estate is closed to the public and this weekend is by special arrangement with the National Trust.
The project is being organised by Tom Sykes of CART and John Winterburn, a local landscape archeologist who has recently returned from a large archeological project in Jordon.
Other groups including The Ridgeway Military and Aviation Research Group, Subterranea Britannica, Great War Archaeology Group and members of the University of Bristol will also be assisting over the weekend.
Tom Sykes, Cart’s founder member says ‘We’re extremely excited about this weekend and hope it will be the first of many. There is a large area of woodland to cover and we have some real experts on hand to help us. We feel it is crucial that the site is surveyed completely and this forms part of our on-going commitment to researching these brave men and women’
The findings from this weekend will be published on CART’s informative website www.coleshillhouse.com in the near future.
About Coleshill Auxiliary Research Team (CART)
The Coleshill Auxiliary Research Team (CART) is a non-profit making organisation set up in June 2009 by Tom Sykes. The aim of CART is to research, document and preserve the important history of the Auxiliary Units.
Since June 2009 its website (www.coleshillhouse.com)
For further information about the Auxiliary Units and how you can help CART please go to the website, call 0872 045 9940 or email email@example.com.
Additional Info on the Aux Units
70 years ago, during the darkest days of Britain’s lone fight against Nazi Germany, the threat of invasion was a very real one. With the army in utter confusion after Dunkirk, the recently introduced LDV (later renamed the Homeguard) was a key part of Britain’s defences. This Dad’s Army has been portrayed since the war as an unorganised group of elderly veterans, which stood little chance of making any impact on highly trained, experienced German soldiers.
However, amongst some of those that wore the uniform of the Home Guard was a ‘secret army’ each of whom were trained killers and demolition experts. The troops called Auxiliers were trained as ‘stay-behind’
These civilian volunteers were made up of all layers of society most of whom had an intimate knowledge of the local countryside;
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CART is non profit making and has no financial support from any company.
Since CART's birth in June 2009 the website has seen over 17,000 unique visitors and has attracted TV, Radio and national press attention and the group has many expert members.
Page Updated Last on: Jan 20, 2011