A historian and author of a new book claims that 4,000 British schoolchildren were trained to be assassins by Britain’s MI6 Secret Service during World War II.
Britain’s secret defenses: Civil saboteurs, spies and assassins during World War IIAndrew Chatterton’s new book has uncovered a network of civilian saboteurs and spies trained to defeat Adolf Hitler’s army.
He said that this includes thousands of children in the age group of 12 to 15 years who, if they were alive, would now be in their 90s.
Chatterton is now trying to track down any surviving members of the baby-faced assassins who were part of Operation Sealion, Hitler’s plan to invade across the Channel.
Britain made full preparations for the feared invasion that nearly saw the German Sixth Army land in the Lyme Regis, Dorset, south of England in 1940.
But while the stories of the Dad’s Army and the Home Guard are well known, little is known about the boys and girls trained to kill the Nazis if they successfully landed.
Many went to the graves without their families knowing the full story because it was still subject to the Official Secrets Act.
Chatterton’s new book, to be published July 15, intends to reveal all about the little-known “Kid’s Army.”
He said the girls were shown strangulation with Garrot and the boys were given sniper rifles.
Chatterton, from Buddley Salterton, Devon, in south-west England, said: “They were training teenagers to be assassins, spies and wireless operators in occupied England.
“They were armed with rifles and the girls were shown how to use Garrot. This is not the Dad’s Army. This is a highly prepared and utterly brutal post-invasion team controlled by SIS/MI6.
“MI6 secretly set up these groups and there were thousands and thousands involved.”
In some areas, wireless sets were hidden behind casseroles in village churches and in the loft of pubs, while children were often recruited with whole family units to become the resistance.
The book focuses on a group called Volume VII.
He continued: “Founded and operated by the UK’s Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), these small cells were sometimes made up of family members, including teenagers.
“Boys were taught the length of the country how to be killers by ‘scaring ex-NCOs wearing uniforms without any insignia’, teenage girls were taught how to use a garrot etc. Their role in life for possession Had to make it as difficult as possible.
“Along with the killings, they had to blow up factories, railways, planes, etc. – which was in line with the French resistance to the occupation of Europe. They had wireless sets to inform any remaining government in exile. Of these, approx. Everyone went to the grave without informing anyone.”
Chatterton says that the group’s work, codenamed Section VII, is the most hidden, perhaps because Britain had trained children to kill.
Gradually over the past few decades, the stories have been pieced together by researchers including Chatterton.
He continued: “We are getting all these messages from family members. Apparently most have died. We had three different sources across the country telling us how Grandpa was supposed to use a sniper. was trained to do. [rifle] as a boy.
“Everyone used nearly identical phrases – about how they were trained by a ‘really scary ex-NCO soldier’ who had no badges or regimental insignia in his uniform.” The NCOs were probably pre World War I.
“I would 100 percent love to talk to anyone who was one of those kids in Section VII. They’re probably in their mid-90s now. But they’re from the generation that once signed the Official Secrets Act Never, ever talk about it again.
“We don’t know why it’s all been kept so secret. It’s probably the fact that we as a nation were inclined to use children as killers.
“After so long the whole thing is very strange in terms of the level of privacy.
“I spoke to someone else who said he was reminded that he was still under the Official Secrets Act in the 1980s.
“The amazing thing is that they have all managed to remain silent for the rest of their lives.
“Using the kids worked because they were fit and strong and fast and no one suspected them because of their naivety.
“They had weapons under beds and hid around towns and villages.”
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