Now also exhibiting "Who Dares Wins" With the SAS Counter Revolutionary Warfare (CRW), SBS (Special Boat Service) UK Special Forces and Beyond, here at the Littledean Jail's Crime Through Time collection.

We also feature the heroics of British Secret Agent heroine Violette Szabo, along with other SOE(Special Operations Executive) heroes and heroines.

We also host paranormal investigations here at Littledean Jail.
Above is a paranormal clip by one of the paranormal organisations that hosts such events here.

WHAT WAS THE HOLOCAUST?
In 1933, the Jewish population of Europe stood at over nine million. Most European Jews lived in countries that Nazi Germany would occupy or influence during World War II. By 1945, the Germans and their collaborators killed nearly two out of every three European Jews as part of the “Final Solution,” the Nazi policy to murder the Jews of Europe. Although Jews, whom the Nazis deemed a priority danger to Germany, were the primary victims of Nazi racism, other victims included some 200,000 Roma (Gypsies). At least 200,000 mentally or physically disabled patients, mainly Germans, living in institutional settings, were murdered in the so-called Euthanasia Program.

As Nazi tyranny spread across Europe, the Germans and their collaborators persecuted and murdered millions of other people. Between two and three million Soviet prisoners of war were murdered or died of starvation, disease, neglect, or maltreatment. The Germans targeted the non-Jewish Polish intelligentsia for killing, and deported millions of Polish and Soviet civilians for forced labour in Germany or in occupied Poland, where these individuals worked and often died under deplorable conditions. From the earliest years of the Nazi regime, German authorities persecuted homosexuals and others whose behaviour did not match prescribed social norms. German police officials targeted thousands of political opponents (including Communists, Socialists, and trade unionists) and religious dissidents (such as Jehovah’s Witnesses). Many of these individuals died as a result of incarceration and maltreatment.

 

ADMINISTRATION OF THE “FINAL SOLUTION”

In the early years of the Nazi regime, the National Socialist government established concentration camps to detain real and imagined political and ideological opponents. Increasingly in the years before the outbreak of war, SS and police officials incarcerated Jews, Roma, and other victims of ethnic and racial hatred in these camps. To concentrate and monitor the Jewish population as well as to facilitate later deportation of the Jews, the Germans and their collaborators created ghettos, transit camps, and forced-labour camps for Jews during the war years. The German authorities also established numerous forced-labour camps, both in the so-called Greater German Reich and in German-occupied territory, for non-Jews whose labour the Germans sought to exploit.

Following the invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, Einsatzgruppen (mobile killing units) and, later, militarized battalions of Order Police officials, moved behind German lines to carry out mass-murder operations against Jews, Roma, and Soviet state and Communist Party officials. German SS and police units, supported by units of the Wehrmacht and the Waffen SS, murdered more than a million Jewish men, women, and children, and hundreds of thousands of others. Between 1941 and 1944, Nazi German authorities deported millions of Jews from Germany, from occupied territories, and from the countries of many of its Axis allies to ghettos and to killing centres, often called extermination camps, where they were murdered in specially developed gassing facilities.

 

THE END OF THE HOLOCAUST

In the final months of the war, SS guards moved camp inmates by train or on forced marches, often called “death marches,” in an attempt to prevent the Allied liberation of large numbers of prisoners. As Allied forces moved across Europe in a series of offensives against Germany, they began to encounter and liberate concentration camp prisoners, as well as prisoners en route by forced march from one camp to another. The marches continued until May 7, 1945, the day the German armed forces surrendered unconditionally to the Allies. For the western Allies, World War II officially ended in Europe on the next day, May 8 (V-E Day), while Soviet forces announced their “Victory Day” on May 9, 1945.

In the aftermath of the Holocaust, many of the survivors found shelter in displaced persons (DP) camps administered by the Allied powers. Between 1948 and 1951, almost 700,000 Jews emigrated to Israel, including 136,000 Jewish displaced persons from Europe. Other Jewish DPs emigrated to the United States and other nations. The last DP camp closed in 1957. The crimes committed during the Holocaust devastated most European Jewish communities and eliminated hundreds of Jewish communities in occupied eastern Europe entirely.


See more on our blog, The Nazi SS & Holocaust Years
& WWII Heroine, Violette Zsabo

 A FULL SCALE REPLICA MODEL OF THE IRANIAN EMBASSY SIEGE BUILDING AS USED BY “B” SQUADRON 22 SAS REGIMENT FOR THE PREPARATION FOR THE SUCCESSFUL FINAL ASSAULT ON 5 MAY 1980, WHICH RESULTED IN 19 HOSTAGES BEING RESCUED AND 5 OF THE 6 TERRORISTS BEING KILLED (THE 6th BEING CAPTURED

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HERE IS A UNIQUE REPLICA SCALE MODEL OF THE IRANIAN EMBASSY AS WAS CONSTRUCTED AND USED BY “B” SQUADRON 22 SAS REGIMENT IN THE RUN-UP TO THE FINAL ASSAULT ON 5 MAY 1980 …. RESULTING IN THE KILLING OF 5 OF THE 6 TERRORISTS AND THE RELEASE OF THE REMAINING 19 HOSTAGES .

THIS BEING KINDLY HAND BUILT BY FORMER “A” SQUADRON FREEFALL TROOPER …BOB PODESTA FOR DISPLAY AT LITTLEDEAN JAIL’S… “SAS WHO DARES WINS EXHIBITION ” . THE MODEL HAS BEEN FURTHER CUSTOMISED WITH THE HELP OF PAUL BRIDGMAN WITH THE INCLUSION OF THE VARIOUS FIGURES DEPICTING HOSTAGES, TERRORISTS (ALL IN GREEN JACKETS AND BLACK CLOTHING ), THE SAS TROOPERS AND RESERVES STORMING THE EMBASSY BUILDING AND VARIOUS OTHER SCENES RELATING TO THE EVENT .

 

 

SAS HERO – SERGEANT ANDY McNAB DCM MM AND BRAVO TWO ZERO HERE AT LITTLEDEAN JAIL

Sergeant Andy McNab DCM MM (born 28 December 1959) is the pseudonym of an English novelist and former SAS operative and soldier.

McNab came into public prominence in 1993, when he published his account of the Special Air Service (SAS) patrol, Bravo Two Zero, for which he had been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in 1991. He had previously received the Military Medal in 1980, awarded for an action whilst serving with the Royal Green Jackets in Northern Ireland during 1979

In addition to Bravo Two Zero he has written two other autobiographies and a number of fiction books.

Andy McNab, Chris Ryan and Bravo Two Zero feature here at The Crime Through Time Collection at Littledean Jail within our SAS Who Dares Wins Counter Revolutionary Warfare (CRW) exhibition, so if you are in the area please do drop by and pay a visit .

AN INTERVIEW WITH SAS HERO ANDY McNAB ABOUT BRAVO TWO ZERO.

 

 

BELOW IS A PICTURE OF THE ORIGINAL BRAVO TWO ZERO PATROL MEMBERS

(Bravo Two Zero patrol members. From left to right: Ryan, Consiglio, MacGown (obscured), Lane, Coburn (obscured), McNab (obscured), Phillips, Pring (obscured).

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SergeantAndy McNab‘ (pseudonym), DCM, MM, patrol commander former Royal Green Jackets Captured by the enemy, later released. Author of Bravo Two Zero (1993)

.Sergeant Vincent (Vince) David Phillips, patrol 2IC] former Royal Army Ordnance Corps. Died of hypothermia during action, 25 January 1991

.Corporal ‘Chris “Geordie” Ryan’, (Pseudonym), MM former 23(R) SAS. The only member of the patrol to escape capture. Author of The One That Got Away (1995)

.Lance Corporal Ian Robert “Dinger” Pring former Parachute Regiment. Captured by the enemy, later released.

Trooper Robert (Bob) Gaspare Consiglio, MM (posthumous) former Royal Marine or Parachute Regiment. Killed in action, 27 January 1991.

Trooper Steven John “Legs” Lane, MM (posthumous) former Lance Corporal of 9 Parachute Squadron, Royal Engineers and former Parachute Regiment. Died of hypothermia during action, 27 January 1991.

Trooper Malcolm (Mal) Graham MacGown, BDSc former Australian 1st Commando Regiment. Captured by the enemy, later released. Referred to as ‘Stan’ in the books.

Trooper ‘Mike “Kiwi”Coburn’ (pseudonym) former NZSAS Captured by the enemy, later released. Author of Soldier Five (2004). Referred to as ‘Mark the Kiwi’ in the books.

BELOW IS A BRILLIANT BATTLE SCENE CLIP FROM THE BRAVO TWO ZERO FILM STARRING SEAN BEAN AS ANDY McNAB

 

BELOW IS A BRIEF GALLERY OF SOME OF THE PERSONAL CONTRIBUTION ITEMS FROM ANDY McNAB , CHRIS RYAN AND OTHER SAS MEMBERS NOW ON DISPLAY HERE AT THE SAS EXHIBITION WHICH ARE FEATURED IN AND AMONGST VARIOUS OTHER BRAVO TWO ZERO RELATED EXHIBIT ITEMS .

ANDY JONES OF LTTLEDEAN JAIL WITH FORMER SAS HEROES  ANDY McNAB AND BOB PODESTA

ORIGINAL SAS BRAVO TWO ZERO  HERO ANDY McNAB HAND SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH NOW ON DISPLAY AT THE WHO DARES WINS SAS  EXHIBITION AT LITTLEDEAN JAIL, UK

ORIGINAL SAS BRAVO TWO ZERO  HERO ANDY McNAB HAND SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH NOW ON DISPLAY AT THE WHO DARES WINS SAS  EXHIBITION AT LITTLEDEAN JAIL, UK

ORIGINAL SAS BIRTHDAY CARD FROM BRAVO TWO ZERO SAS HERO ANDY McNAB TO ANDY JONES OF LITTLEDEAN JAIL   NOW ON DISPLAY AT THE WHO DARES WINS SAS  EXHIBITION AT LITTLEDEAN JAIL, UK

Elizabeth Hurley at the England Vs Australia  Cricket for Kids, and Hop Skip and Jump  charity Cricket match, Cirencester Park

Elizabeth Hurley at the England Vs Australia  Cricket for Kids, and Hop Skip and Jump  charity Cricket match, Cirencester Park

Elizabeth Hurley at the England Vs Australia  Cricket for Kids, and Hop Skip and Jump  charity Cricket match, Cirencester Park
FORMER SAS BRAVO TWO ZERO HERO CHRIS RYAN SEEN PICTURED HERE WITH ANDY JONES FROM THE CRIME THROUGH TIME COLLECTION AT LITTLEDEAN JAIL

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BELOW IS A HAND SIGNED PICTURE OF SAS HERO CHRIS RYAN

Elizabeth Hurley at the England Vs Australia  Cricket for Kids, and Hop Skip and Jump  charity Cricket match, Cirencester Park

HAND SIGNED BY CHRIS RYAN ,

BELOW IS A LINK TO THE WIKIPEDIA PAGE ON THE COVERING OF SAS MISSION IN IRAQ DURING THE FIRST GULF WAR- BRAVO TWO ZERO
Bravo Two Zero

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