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We Remember the Home Guard

Hardback (384 pages), kindle, audiobook
Their weapons and ammunition were negligible at first, but slowly these amateur soldiers began to produce professional results.

We Remember the Home Guard

"I remember standing on top of our local glen with a block of wood, expecting thousands of Germans coming down from the sky. What was I going to do with the block of wood? I never knew." — Leonard Jackson

On June 22, 1940, France surrendered to Germany and the invasion of Britain seemed a very real possibility. The Home Guard was formed to defend our villages and towns. Members came from reserved occupations, those who had failed their medicals, the elderly and the young, with miners and farmers training alongside former majors. Their weapons and ammunition were negligible at first, but slowly these amateur soldiers began to produce professional results. In this unique book of reminiscences, we see these men as they practise with pitchforks and fall into ditches after a pint or two of ale on the job. But we also see them learning how to fire grenades after a day studying engineering and undertaking night watches after exhausting factory shifts—knowing they could be the last stop between the enemy and their families and homes.

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Related Scanning WWII dates...

  • 14 May 40: Call goes out for volunteers to create the Local Defence Volunteers (LDV)
  • 23 Jul 40: Local Defence Volunteers (LDV) will now be called the Home Guard
  • 01 Feb 41: Home Guard spots and nabs a German spy parachuted into England
  • 20 Apr 43: Home Guard allows limited recruitment for women to serve
  • 03 Dec 44: Home Guard of 1.5 million volunteers stands down after five years

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