In 1940, after the evacuation from Dunkirk, Britain prepared for and expected an invasion by Nazi Germany - an invasion, which for reasons known only to Hitler, thankfully never materialised.
As part of the British preparation for any such invasion, Churchill ordered the formation of secret 'stay behind' resistance units. Personnel of the Home Guard and local volunteers were formed into top secret patrols throughout the entire country and trained to a high standard of efficiency in the use of explosives, booby traps, time-fuses, mines, and unarmed combat. These patrols were known as Auxiliary Units, which had approximately 3,500 members around Great Britain. They would operate from specially prepared underground bases set up countrywide. The bases were equipped and ready, the locations only known to those who would man them.
This gripping novel relates to the formation and training of these units and also charts the revenge, sabotage and murder they delivered to the Nazis in occupied Britain. Set in the small town of Duns in Scotland, much of the information relates to the town and wider area, with references to real locations used by the Duns Patrol.
About The Book
Bill Watson has brought this story alive and paints a vivid picture with a true depiction of life during those dark uncertain times under occupation.
This story is set in and around the Scottish Border town of Duns, where Bill was born and brought up. Bill's dream was to have it published one day, sadly Bill died in November 2004, aged 80 and his work remained unpublished. In 2011 the Coleshill Auxiliary Research Team (CART) a national team of Auxiliary Unit researchers, obtained the rights to publish the book from Bill's son. Now is the time to tell that story..................
Read more about the book here http://www.coleshillhouse.com/gone-to-ground.php