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Auxiliary Unit Operation Base. Square brick-lined access down [no ladder] to brick-lined passage, 10ft long leading to 10ft square chamber. Another smaller chamber [store?] to side at bottom of access. Large 'elephant shelter' through doorway off middle of passage. Corrugated iron rusting, but looks solid. Concrete floor with hole in middle [subsidence?], now with sleeper across it. No evidence of furniture remaining. Step up at far end through (collapsed) brick half-wall to further chamber with breeze-block walls and steel shuttering roof. From this, 15ft long concrete drainpipe leads to fallen earth blockage [depression on surface above this]. Modern steel manhole cover over access. The site is in excellent condition. Wooden lintels are black and rotting. This is a good example of an OB in a secure location for possible long-term preservation and presentation. The woods are owned by a Mr. Brian Maggs of Knowle Farm and leased by him to the Hamburger Hill Paintball Company which exercises tight control over access. Mr. Maggs told the recorder he would lock the access manhole cover and not reveal the location. The recorder visited the site with Mr. Jim Hooper, the last surviving AU member of this patrol, who actually built the OB. There were no plans or help from the Army. Mr. Hooper later joined the SAS. [The recorder comments that this would be a very good site for permanent preservation and the landowner would probably be co-operative].
(Source: Field Visit 2000/06/30)

Location Common Wood, Hunstrete House, N of A368 road, approx. 6 miles SW of Bath.
Area Chelwood, Bath and North East Somerset, England
Grid reference ST 655 624 (Scale: 1:50000 )
Period WW2
Condition Good
Materials Breeze Block, Clay Brick, Concrete, Corrugated Iron, Steel
Recorder Brown, Donald S. (Mendip Rangers Defence of Britain Project)
Photographs (4) - site and interior views.
DOB site reference: S0012159
Reference 1999 Somerset v Hitler: Secret Operations in the Mendips 1939-1945
Event Construction, In the period 1940 1941
Field Visit, On 2000/06/30