NATO's Stay behind armies

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  1. NATO's Secret Armies - the stay behind network

    Just been watching a fascinating program on the Military Channel called
    NATO's Secret Armies, the stay behind network of the Cold War.

    NATO's Stay Behind armies, Operation Gladio

    I'm sure Operation Gladio has been mentioned ( on & off ) in other posts
    on the forum. But I wonder whether anyone on Arrse can throw some
    light on the British stay behind army of the Cold War.
    As the producers somehow missed out Britain's Gladio network in the
    documentary and instead concentrated on NATO's stay behind armies
    in mainland Europe.
    Given the fact that many of the leaders of Europes Stay behind network
    were trained at Fort Monkton, near Gosport. I'm sure the UK had a very
    active secret army ready to resist the Soviet invader in Britain.

    Of course the Gladio network attacted extermists and has been indicted
    with a number of terrorist attacks in Belgium, Germany & Italy.
    Whereas in Switzerland its caused a great furore, that many of its
    army & political leaders gave tassit approval for NATO to operate a
    secret resistence amy within the country.

    Anyway returning to the British Gladio army, no doubt comparrisons will
    be drawn with Churchill's Auxilliary Units of the Second World War
    which will inevitably mean that any former members of the British
    Gladio team have been sworn to secrecy following the end of the Cold

    British Home Service Force

    The Wessex Regt, Home Service Company

    So we can only surmise who they were and where they come from.
    Nevertheless their existance must have been known to the newly
    formed Home Service Force during the 1980's who were tasked with
    guarding key points & installations in the UK from attack by saboteurs
    and Soviet special forces.
    Also if the war went nuclear then some key members of the underground
    Regional Seats of Government might also be aware of their uses in
    the event of WWIII.

    Naturally I wonder whether the British Gladio secret army ever made
    use of the old ( 1968 ROC Post closures ) as OB's where they can hide
    and launch attacks on any Soviet occupying forces.
  2. msr

    msr LE

    The link to E Coy 2 Wessex is a bit misleading as Options for Change was 1992, not 1982. They were a triumph for age and experience over youth and energy though.

  3. Most of the HSF i met in 3/51 Highland were old drunks who to be honest should have known better................ funny how thing come full circle
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  4. Hahahahaha Same here, that TAC bar in Central Ave was a good laugh and cheap though.
  5. I was in 6/7 Queens (as was) which was roled for homeland defence rather than NATO and the HSF was a sort of old and bold who were considered too old for overseas deployment. I can honestly say that neither they or us new any thing about a British Gladio (though of course maybe people much higher up the food chain did)- and rightly so!

    There is a very good novel about the British resistance after a German invasion in WWII that is based on public records of the unit. It's fascinating.

    As to Gladio the biggest cock up was the Italian outfit some of whose members started using prepositioned supplies to kit out right wing terrorist groups in Italy. I'm sure other ARRSE members can enlarge upon this if they feel inclined. Alex Lomas- can you comment?
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  6. Was it a book by Len Deighton?
  7. You may be thinking of "SS GB" the one I'm thinking of was by Terrence Strong (I think)
  8. Cheers Kabul-ronin, I was thinking of SS GB, but Terence Strong rings a bell too.
  9. Been checking amazon- it wasn't by Strong, cant remember who or the title but it was a great book!!
  10. There could have been units amongst the HSF that were more capable... as mentioned the Home Guard Auxillery Units were hidden amongst the Home Guard, but Dad's Army they were not.
  11. Gavin Lyall, "The Crocus List" - featuring one Major Maxim.

    If they hid an AU among our HSF, I'd be surprised. I can think of better places to hide...
  12. Hereford? Or in a base with 'super ninja stay behind ops unit' as the title?
  13. I think the book you mean is "And All the King's Men" by Gordon Stevens
  14. Once again I'd like to thank all those posting on this thread for driving my book budget through the ceiling...
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