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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Simply Media
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Feb. 2007
  • Run Time: 321 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000M06QCY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,937 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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30 wartime films showing how Britons contributed to the defence of the nation from joining the Home Guard to contributing scrap items and 'Digging For Victory'.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pillboxer1940 on 27 Aug. 2009
Wow. Just recieved my copy of IWM's 'The Official Collection: The Home Guard & Britain's Citizen Army' 2-disc DVD. Really amazing. Most of the footage I haven't seen in over 20 years of studying the HG. Of particular interest are the following short films on it:

'Citizen's Army' (1941): Shows the HG in the early days with denims etc and shows a lot of training at Osterley Park with Tom Wintringham & some other Spanish Civil War character in a flying helmet (Yank Levy?) chucking grenades. Nice early uniform detail.

'One Man Two Jobs' (1944) is only 10 mins but particularly interesting: filmed just before stand down, it shows all the HG's different roles, so there's HGs manning and firing a z-battery on Hampstead Heath (nice insignia detail); firing 3.7" AA guns, firing a 20mm AA Hispano - the fast firing certainly wakes up the HG firing it and he almost loses control of the cannon!; manning a coastal battery - nice building detail and loading/firing etc; MT unit embussing under cover - good kit/weapon detail. Also nice footage of loading & firing a spigot mortar at an old tank - makes a nice big explosion! Also various HG weapons used Thompson, Browning on a tripod, BAR at full auto (puts a smile on the HG firer's face!).

HOWEVER, the real star of the show is two 13-minute HG training films: 'Home Guard Town Fighting - Weapons & Equipment' & 'Home Guard Town Fighting - Platoon Assault on a House' (October 1943). These two films have absolutely loads of really interesting, close up detail of footage which I don't think has been on TV before and surely documentary filmmakers would kill for.

The first starts with an explanation of the enemy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. D. Humphreys on 25 Dec. 2007
This is a large collection of short films made for the British government, covering many different wartime topics. It would be easy to sneer at the sometimes ham acting, or to complain that the quality of the film is not perfect. But far more important is that these films really reveal the reality behind the United Kingdom in the Second World War: we see ruined streets, used as a backdrop for a Home Guard training exercise, we see allotments dug in factory grounds so that there's (basically) enough for everyone to eat, we see a (rather posh) ARP warden explaining how he looks after twenty streets (and his lady assistant has an upper-crust accent that would cut glass). This is a very good collection, which I would recommend very strongly.
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