The Secret WW2 Learning Network is an educational charity registered in the UK - a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) No. 1156796


 Achievements of Coastal Forces

Coastal forces made an enormous contribution to WW2 in every theatre of war:

  • 900 actions resulting in 400 enemy vessels sunk
  • More torpedoes fired than the submarine service with a greater proportion of hits
  • Vital intelligence gathered for D-Day
  • Landing and retrieving agents on enemy coastlines
  • 3000 decorations won including 4 Victoria Crosses

Coastal Forces Museum – Gosport

The Night Hunters: the Royal Navy’s Coastal Forces at War

Open Wednesday to Sunday: 11:30am – 3:30pm

The new permanent museum covering the Royal Navy’s Coastal Forces from inception in 1919 to the present day opened to the public in October 2021. Wholly funded by the Coastal Forces Trust, the museum dedicated to Lieutenant Commander Robert Hichens is located at Priddy’s Hard, Gosport, within the Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower.

This web site is dedicated to the men and women who left Poland to fight against the Nazis and Russian Communism in the 1939 – 1945 War. These pages are a tribute to their unselfish valour and acts as a memorial in their honour. Its pages are not about major battles or great leaders but are dedicated to ordinary individuals. Their escape stories are  adventure stories where bravery and military training in fieldcraft, together with luck, saved them from death or the gulags. Many of these stories remain largely untold to even those who we may regard as the ‘nearest and dearest’.