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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP24 Oct 2018 1:04 p.m. PST

"It has been described as one of the war's best-kept and most enduring secrets. Indeed, only over the course of the past few decades, as details of the organisation have appeared in print, have some members of Britain's Auxiliary Units begun to speak openly about the existence of this élite guerrilla force which was established in the coastal counties of Britain.

To describe these Auxiliary Units as the Home Guard's ‘Secret Army', a title that has been freely applied to them over the years not only in press reports and radio and television documentaries but also by many former members themselves, is actually to misrepresent their position. Without a doubt, hand picked members of the Home Guard were invited to join this underground – literally so in many cases, as will be seen – movement. However, it would be more accurate to say that the Auxiliary Units capitalised on the existence of the Home Guard, using it as a highly effective smokescreen for their own secret activities, and that as time went on their ranks comprised many men – and women too – who had no connection whatsoever with the Home Guard. Nevertheless, the joint histories of the Home Guard and the Auxiliary Units are so closely intertwined in the public imagination that an account of this so-called ‘British Resistance' movement has a valid place here…."
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Lion in the Stars24 Oct 2018 3:43 p.m. PST


Cool find, Armand!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP25 Oct 2018 10:39 a.m. PST

A votre service mon cher ami!. (smile)


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