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Bushes Farm just north of Blandford Forum, Dorset. My wifes family farmed there for two generations after buying the farm from the Portman estate after WW1. My father in Law continued to farm mostly pigs & arable there and retired to live in Blandford.

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John Ridout (senior) & his new wife Betty.

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1967 Steam Fair from the garden..

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John my father in Law 1967.

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This one is just for the record.
You cannot enter the farm (natives not friendly) and there is nothing to see anyway as it was totally destroyed after WW2. My father in law told me. As a boy in the war he and a friend found the Auxiliary Unit Hide whilst playing in the woods. He said there were hand grenades, guns and all sorts of equipment but it was dark and as they only had the light from the entrance they could not see much. They new they should not have been there and never went back.
The yellow X is where black American troops were billeted prior to D-day. He said they arrived out of the blue, stayed for a while and then just vanished. Off to war.

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Hide out (British Resistance Archive).

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Signals Corps photo.

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A hide (copyright by Alan Braby).

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This is the view flying parallel to the Shaftesbury Road. There are two sets of air photos one taken from a Cessna on Steam Fair weekend and the other from a DH Moth G-AAWD a few weeks later. The Moth can still be seen flying today at air shows like Woburn's DH weekend.

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Now looking South East cross the farm at the woods from the Moth.
History : the men manning the hides were very well armed, equipped and trained. They had the latest Thompson machine guns, plastic explosives, etc. and were trained in unarmed combat. Also being game keepers, farm laborers, etc., country men they new the area very well and could blend into the country side.

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Farmer John Ridout about to board Moth G-AAWD for a flight over his farm for a promised flight a few weeks after the Steam fair.
Inset : the same Moth still flying at Woburn Abbey's event in August 19:21:2005.

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1969/70

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The year must be around 1969/70?
Inset : a map of Blandford showing the areas covered by the two hides, Bushes and Spetisbury.

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1971

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