The Home Guard

The Home Guard

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In spring 1940 Hitler unleashed his blitzkrieg, and as the British Expeditionary Force fell back to Dunkirk Britain was in imminent danger. In response to the threat of enemy paratroopers, Anthony Eden, Secretary of State for War made a radio appeal on 14 May 1940 for men 'who were for one reason or another not at present engaged in military service, and who wish to do something for the defence of their country' to join a new force named The Local Defence Volunteers. The men of Britain answered the call, not in hundreds as anticipated, but in thousands. Over 250,000 signed up in the first 24 hours and thousands more followed. Badly equipped and with no more uniform than an armband, the organisation was taken under the wing of Winston Churchill in July 1940 and re-christened The Home Guard. This book tells the Home Guard's story, using original training manuals, photographs, and memoirs, and covers all aspects of their history.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 56 pages
  • 148 x 204 x 4mm | 140.61g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Shire Publications
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 60 MONO; 30 COL
  • 0747807515
  • 9780747807513
  • 586,502

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"Thorough, yet concise, Neil Storey's "The Home Guard" published by Shire Books is a brilliant introduction to these defenders of Britain." - Andrew Brozyna, "Ferrous Lands / www.ferrouslands.com "(February 2010) Thorough, yet concise, Neil Storey's The Home Guard published by Shire Books is a brilliant introduction to these defenders of Britain. "Andrew Brozyna, Ferrous Lands, www.ferrouslands.com (February 2010)"" "Thorough, yet concise, Neil Storey's The Home Guard published by Shire Books is a brilliant introduction to these defenders of Britain." --Andrew Brozyna, Ferrous Lands, www.ferrouslands.com (February 2010)show more

About Neil R. Storey

Neil Storey is a graduate of the University of East Anglia. He has written numerous books covering a variety of social and military history topics. He has his own extensive archive, has worked on a number of television documentaries as historical consultant and regularly gives presentations and lectures for both academic and social audiences. Neil also writes the 'Ancestors at Work' articles published in Family Tree Magazine.show more

Table of contents

Britain in Imminent Danger Look, Duck, and Vanish Beating the Invader Churchill's Secret Army Stand Down Suggested Reading Indexshow more

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