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'Gone To Ground' - New novel about Churchill's Secret Army.

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    A semi autobiographical novel set in Duns, Scotland. The Nazis have invaded Britain.


    In 1940, after the evacuation from Dunkirk, Britain prepared for and expected an invasion by Nazi Germany - an invasion, which for reasons known only to Hitler, thankfully never materialised.

    As part of the British preparation for any such invasion, Churchill ordered the formation of secret ‘stay behind’ resistance units. Personnel of the Home Guard and local volunteers were formed into top secret patrols throughout the entire country and trained to a high standard of efficiency in the use of explosives, booby traps, time-fuses, mines, and unarmed combat. These patrols were known as Auxiliary Units, which had approximately 3,500 members around Great Britain. They would operate from specially prepared underground bases set up countrywide. The bases were equipped and ready, the locations only known to those who would man them.

    This gripping novel relates to the formation and training of these units and also charts the revenge, sabotage and murder they delivered to the Nazis in occupied Britain. Set in the small town of Duns in Scotland, much of the information relates to the town and wider area, with references to real locations used by the Duns Patrol.


    The Author

    Bill Watson was born in Edinburgh in 1924. His spent his early years in the town of Duns in Berwickshire where he was educated at Duns Public School and Berwickshire High School. He left school at the age of fourteen and was apprenticed to a local joiner.

    CART has learnt that Bill was briefly a member of the Duns Patrol but in 1942 he joined the Scots Guards as a volunteer and served as a regular soldier for four years with the Colours and eight years in the Reserves. He served in the Middle East and Italy – where in 1943 he was captured and imprisoned in Germany until 1945.

    He joined Edinburgh City Police in 1947. In 1975 this became part of Lothian and Borders Police, and in 1976 he was appointed Divisional Commander of ‘G’ Division – better known as Berwick, Roxburgh, Selkirk and Peebles. In 1977 he was seconded to the Scottish Police College as Deputy Commandant from where he retired from the police service in 1979. He then worked for Ferranti as Security Controller for their Scottish Establishments until 1988.

    Bill Watson lived in Peebles until his death in November 2004.

    The Red Cross helped Bill through a tough time whilst he was imprisoned and he was a campaigner for them later in his life. CART will be donating 15% percent of the profit from this book to the British Red Cross on Bill's behalf.

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