GUERRILLA GAMEKEEPERS & SCALLYWAG SABOTEURS

Had Swastika flags ever lined The Mall, then a fortnight of violence conducted by the ‘Scallywags’ was intended to slow the German advance north. Andrew Chatterton of the Coleshill Auxiliary Research Team sheds light on an unlikely army of farmers and gamekeepers.

THE SEVEN MEN OF WARSASH HOOK PATROL, HEAVILY ARMED WITH STEN AND THOMPSON SUBMACHINE GUNS.
(CART/RJM COLOURISATIONS)

With much of Europe under the Nazi jackboot, the long summer days of 1940 were dark and dangerous for Britain. The miraculous evacuation of its troops from the beaches of Dunkirk gave the country a fighting chance, but invasion seemed inevitable and the army had abandoned much of its heavy equipment, weapons and transport.

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