- The Popski Story
- PPA Memorial Fund
- The LRDG Story
- The LCP Story
- Desert Exploration by Car
We are very happy to help with press enquiries and have an extensive collection of archive material, not all of which is publicly available for copyright or family embargo reasons though. Some material is drawn from the Imperial War Museum or The National Archives and is therefore Crown Copyright but otherwise free for publishing.
If you are thinking of writing a story about PPA or an obituary about one of its members then we strongly recommend that you check your facts with us before publishing because there are a lot of misconceptions about this unit, many inaccuracies in publicly available sources, and many false claims to membership.
Journalists should generally be very wary when investigating and reporting claims to membership of PPA, especially regarding tales of desert-derring-do. We believe that we have now identified all personnel who served in PPA during the North African Campaign and Italian Campaigns, from extensive records in the Imperial War Museum and The National Archives, from Popski's own papers, as well as from various published and unpublished veterans' books about PPA, and interviews and correspondence with them over many years.
What is often forgotten is that PPA was a very small unit when it was formed, and actually didn't do very much until the last few months of the North African Campaign - most of the desert war had already happened. Initially there were only 11 Other Ranks, all identified, so it must be asked: who are these other people who pop up every year? Postwar, Popski once observed "Apparently there were over a thousand men in my unit".
We have compiled a list of over 60 unsubstantiated claims to PPA membership over the last ten years and, much as we would dearly love to discover another genuine veteran, not once have we been proven wrong in our careful assessment of each claim as invalid. Basically, if the name doesn't appear in our Official Register of PPA Personnel then it's highly unlikely that the claim is genuine. The last true veteran to surface was in 2010, and he was already listed in various PPA personnel records. No new names have been added to our Register for at least five years, and none have ever been added merely on the verbal claim "I was/my dad/etc was in Popski's Private Army". Please check with us first if you think you have discovered a PPA veteran, as we have a number of specific questions that must be adequately answered before we will accept a claim.
We are in touch with many other WWII Allied and Axis Special Forces researchers around the world and are happy to help direct enquiries appropriately.
FoPPA must always be credited as the source of any supplied material (see below).
Written enquiries can be sent to :-
3b Glendower Place
London SW7 3DU
Telephone: +44 (0)7803-163 938
There are many different copyrights in the content and data on this website. In addition to the usual image and text copyrights, there is copyright protection for all database data (lists and tables). This means that all content on this website is protected and may not be reproduced without written permission. Permission will generally be granted but you should check with us first and in all cases foPPA must be acknowledged as the source in one of the following formats :-
"Source: friends of PPA"
"Source: friends of Popski's Private Army"
Veteran Contact Details
FoPPA is in touch with all known surviving PPA veterans (2 in 2015) and nearly half of the PPA families, but we do not give out any of their contact details. Although we are very happy to help people with their research into the Popski story, we can only pass on requests for contact and are not responsible for any replies or silence.
Similarly, although one of the primary reasons for developing this website is to bring to light a lot of the material in foPPA and other archives, foPPA has only had confirmation regarding the death of about less than one third of all known PPA personnel, so must be circumspect in releasing any personal information beyond name, rank and number.
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MacGregorTech, the developer and maintainer of the website and the Official PPA Personnel Register database, is registered with the UK Information Commissioner's Office as a Data Controller of personal information.