Weapons, Explosives & Equipment

The Auxiliary Units were issued with a huge range of weapons, explosives and equipment. Some items they received even before the Army had been issued with them, and many were also later issued to the SOE, the SAS, the French Maquis and other resistance groups.sticky bomb

  • Firearms and Ammunition
  • Knives and Coshes
  • Explosives
  • Fuses and Detonators
  • Booby Traps and Timers
  • Incendiary Devices
  • Grenades
  • Badges and Insignia
  • Books and Pamphlets
  • Wireless Equipment
  • Messages and Codes
  • Personal Equipment
  • Uniforms
  • Vehicles

Explore many of these items on this page. There is also a downloadable fact sheet.

In Dec 1942 the Patrols were issued with "Auxunit Mk. 2" kit. Kent was the first to receive these on 8 Dec and there were 15 issued per Patrol. Each Auxunit contained; 24 Copper tube ignitors, 24 Autumn Crocus (if available), 1 crimping tool, 6 striker boards,1 tube Vaseline, 6 spools of trip wire .032", 3 spools of trip wire .014", 8 coils tape, 5 pairs of small magnets, 18 pocket time incendiaries, 12 6 x 1-1lb incendiaries, 70 lead delays, 50 foot instantaneous fuse, 240 foot Cordtex, 100 detonators, 20lbs Polar Gelignite, 1 sandbag, 12 pull switches, 12 pressure switches, 48 foot of safety fuse Mk. 2 Bickford. Two of the "old" Auxunits were to be retained for training but a order is made that Plastic should never be used for training.

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