The Home Guard: A Miracle of Improvisation

I will be delivering a lecture to the National Memorial Arboretum on 30th July 2016 at 2pm. You should come along if you are able.

Time: 2-2.45pm for Spotlight Talk, 2.45-3pm Q&A

Place: National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire.

If you were to ask a member of the public to explain what the Home Guard were, the overriding impression you would get is that of the TV series ‘Dad’s Army’: a bumbling force of geriatric veterans and naive teenagers that wouldn’t have been much use in the event of an actual German invasion. This assessment is not only unfair but wrong.

This Spotlight Talk seeks to redress the balance of opinion on the Home Guard, and highlight that far from being ‘Dad’s Army’, the Home Guard was a well-trained, well-disciplined and relatively young fighting force, ready to defend their homes in the event of an invasion. It shall examine the founding of the Home Guard, their struggle to acquire arms and equipment, the growth of the organisation and the common duties of a member of the Home Guard – It will also highlight and debunk some of the key myths about the Home Guard that have cropped up in the 70 years since their activities.

Read more about the Home Guard in a previous article of mine here.

I look forward to seeing some of you on the 30th July.


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