Bill Penn

Bill Penn

Posted on 05/26/2013

Photo taken on October 26, 2011

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The old post office. Gateway to the British wartime resistance.

The old post office.  Gateway to the British wartime resistance.
In the quaint high street of a small English market town stands the old post office. Here the post mistress was the secret conduit for those who might try to make contact with the underground British Resistance during WW11.

After the fall of France in 1940, Churchill directed that a British underground resistance guerilla force be formed, so that should the Nazis invade there was a resistance already prepared to fight a clandestine war against an occupying army. Fortunately of course it never came to that.

The force was organised in cells of half a dozen men all over the country. Each had their own weapons cache. No one knew more than he needed to know, as a precaution against infiltration.

There was a chain of command and a HQ in a large house in the countryside, not far from Highworth in Wiltshire. Contact between the outside world and the command was facilitated through this little post office.

I don't know how it worked. Of course, no one was advertising the facility at the time, and I don't know if the exact procedure has ever been revealed. The post mistress, Mabel Stranks, who was the intermediary is now commemorated in the plaque above the door.

Just fascinating..Imagine all that intrigue going on behind that door
5 years ago.