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Britain had been planning a civilian resistance organisation in case of invasion from as early as 1938.

In 1940 this developed as the fighting patrols of the Auxiliary Units and the even more secret intelligence network of the Special Duties Section.

The Auxiliary Units operated from underground hides, using Home Guard uniforms as cover. Their task was to cause as much disruption to German supply lines as possible - with an anticipated lifespan of no more than two weeks! In 1944 they had an important role in countering expected German commando raids following the D Day landings.

The Special Duties Section comprised a network of civilian agents, runners and wireless operators. Their TRD transceivers were so secret that all examples were destroyed by MI6 in 1945 (the example pictued here is a replica - built by Malcolm Atkin with much thanks to Richard Hankins and Project Witney, VMARS). But in 1944 they deliberately used unsecure WS17 sets as part of the deception plans before D Day. By creating spurious radio traffic (often reading poetry or knitting patterns) they hoped to convince German intelligence that the invasion was planned well away from Normandy.

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