Malcolm Atkin  Military Research

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Section D for Destruction 

Section D secretly went to war in March 1939 and provided the inspiration for the Auxiliary Units and SOE. The subject of frequent complaints by contemporaries who disliked this new form of warfare, its officers were described as men 'without morals or scruples'.  This has led to a considerable under-appreciation of their role and achievements.  Also included is new documentary evidence on the relationship of the Home Defence Scheme of Section D to the Auxiliary Units.

For publication in mid-2017 by Pen and Sword.

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Worcestershire Volunteer Training Corps and Volunteer Force

See also www.worcestershirevtc.com for an outline of the WW1 Home Guard in Worcestershire.  The inspiration for the Home Guard of WW2.

British Resistance in WW2

New research on the complex network of organisations designed to combat any Nazi invasion of Britain and to provide the basis of a long term resistance movement.   This is set the context of a battle between the Secret Intelligence Service and the War Office for the control of irregular warfare.


See  also  Fighting Nazi Occupation: Planning for British Resistance 1939 - 45.

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The Auxiliary Units

One of the modern myths of WW2 history is that the GHQ Auxiliary Units were the 'British Resistance Organization' and the  'Last Ditch' of the nation's defence. In reality, it was a hastily-constructed scheme to provide a military commando force based around the Home Guard, and which accidentally aquired an intelligence-gathering wing  These pages summarises the process by which this myth arose, in advance of a future publication on the  changing image of the Home Guard in popular culture and the media. Also included is primary evidence from the original leaders of the Auxiliary Units.


See also Myth and Reality: The Second World War Auxiliary Units

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current research projects relating to WW2

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