SPECIAL DUTIES BRANCE
Britain’s wartime network of civilian spies and ‘Secret Sweeties’ was shrouded in such obscurity that even the now-fabled Auxiliary Units had little idea of their existence, as Andrew Chatterton of CART reveals
During the invasions of France and the Low Countries, the speed and agility of German forces took the Allies by surprise. The confusion was exacerbated by the masses of civilians caught in the chaos, who took to the roads to escape the carnage. With Britain on the highest state of alert, those at the highest levels of the government, the military and security services hurriedly searched for ways to increase cohesion and to slow the enemy should a cross-Channel invasion take place and result in the Army and Home Guard being pushed back.