Friends of Popski's Private Army
We have recently reorganized and simplified many of the sections and what goes in them. Inevitably this will have broken some of the complex links between the 150+ pages, but they'll all get sorted out in the end. We hope you like the new arrangement - it should make it much easier to locate content, and it'll certainly be easier for us to slot in new sections, topics and articles. We've taken this opportunity to introduce a few new pages too, such as the one for the full-colour maps from Popski's book, and three new sections: for the story of the Light Car Patrols of the Great War - the forerunners of the LRDG and PPA; for PPA Modelling - full-scale and small-scale - and also, finally (after a long delay), a section about the Popski Story in Films (or not, as you'll see).
If you are new to the Popski Story, then start here. Enjoy!
|Major John Campbell MC*
|Major Jean Caneri MC
|Captain Robert Yunnie MC
|Lt-Col Vladimir Peniakoff DSO MC
|Sir Robert Crawford CBE
|Sir Christopher Lee CBE
This is for PPA veterans and their families, for friends and fans of the remarkable Popski story, young and old, all around the world. Out of 249 verified members of PPA, in 2013 there are now only 7 of them known to be still alive.
Many people are under the impression that Popski's book is all there is to see but we tell you here about other books on PPA and where to find them, and reproduce newspaper articles and other documents that have lain hidden in The National Archives, the Imperial War Museum, and various dusty attics for decades.
There is already lots of interesting and informative reference material to see, from foPPA's extensive archives, all richly interwoven with relevant cross-links and as time goes on we'll be adding more and more articles and previously unpublished images and documents – see About this website. Further information is also available on the website of our close research colleagues at the PPA Preservation Society.
|Heavily armed PPA jeep in the Pineta di Classe, South of Ravenna. (See Image Credits)|
Although there is some information already available on the web about Lieutenant-Colonel Vladimir Peniakoff DSO MC and his World War Two 8th Army Special Forces unit as they fought across Libya and Tunisa then up Italy and into Austria, we have found that much of it is inaccurate or misleading, from secondary sources or just sloppy writing. This is where to find the facts about "No 1 Demolition Squadron, PPA": collected, collated, compared and confirmed over many years from primary sources.
The purpose of this website then, an integral part of the PPA Memorial, is to :-
- raise funds to support the PPA Memorial, PPA Remembrance Events and foPPA's research
- preserve the memory of PPA's exploits by bringing the Popski story to a wider audience
- provide reliable information about the man and his unit, drawn from primary sources
Friends of Popski's Private Army is the continuation of the post-war PPA Association run by Sergeant Eric Brooks and Captain Bob Yunnie until Popski's death in 1951, and since then Corporal Ben Owen's guardianship of PPA history until his death in 2008. We hope that you enjoy exploring these pages and feel able to support our continuing work in the National Memorial Arboretum.
|Corporal Frank Dobinson of "Popski's Private Navy" with his daughter Velia,
representing PPA at the November 2010 Royal British Legion Cenotaph March-past.
Frank and Velia have now done this for four years running. (See Image Credits)
Friends of Popski's Private Army supports : –
|National Memorial Arboretum||Armed Forces Day||Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal|