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 War. 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.