All nine surviving episodes from Series 1 and 2 of Jimmy Perry and David Croft's classic BBC wartime comedy based around the Home Guard in Walmington-on-Sea. In 'The Man and the Hour', bank manager Captain Mainwaring (Arhtur Lowe) is put in charge of Walmington-on-Sea's new Local Defence Volunteers platoon. 'Museum Piece' sees the men in training with only fifteen carving knives and a shotgun to defend themselves against a Nazi invasion. In 'Command Decision', Mainwaring is forced to consider resigning as commander in exchange for 20 rifles from Colonel Square. In 'Enemy Within the Gates', the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard capture two German airmen, only to have Private Godfrey (Arnold Ridley) let them 'go for a tinkle'. In 'The Showing Up of Corporal Jones', Jones (Clive Dunn) is forced to undergo a 15-minute gruelling assault course to prove his fitness. 'Shooting Pains' sees the platoon forced to sharpen up their shooting skills in time to impress the visiting PM. In 'Operation Kilt', the HQ comes under attack from six members of the Highland Regiment. In 'The Battle of Godfrey's Cottage', two halves of the platoon mistake each other for German troops, and prepare to attack each other. Finally, in 'Sergeant Wilson's Little Secret', Sergeant Wilson (John Le Mesurier)finds his mind distracted from his grenade-launching-crossbow demonstration.
1940. Britain is on the alert for an imminent Nazi invasion. With full-time troops occupied overseas, the coastal defenses are left to a handful of veteran soldiers-The Home Guard. And in Walmington- on-Sea, one inept, feeble and inadequately-armed platoon is very keen to do its bit. Led by the self-appointed Captain Mainwaring (a bank manager nicknamed Napoleon), the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard are a casual, disruptive troop. His second-in-command, Sergeant Wilson, has the breeding Mainwaring lacks but is largely ineffectual. And Corporal Jones, the local butcher and a veteran of the Boer War, tempers his eagerness with an infallible ability to completely mess-up anything he is asked to do. Outstanding among the rest of the platoon are Private Walker, a black marketeer who can lay his hands on anything - for a price; mummy's boy, Private Pike; Private Frazer, a cynical Scottish undertaker who always foresees trouble (and is usually right); and the oldest of them all, the near-incontinent Private Godfrey. With Mainwaring's irritating pomposity, and the platoon's total incompetence, life in the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard is more chaotic than most. Contains the six episodes from series one: The Man And The Hour, Museum Piece, Command Decision, The Enemy Within The Gates, The Showing Up Of Corporal Jones, Shooting Pains. and the three surviving episodes of Series 2: Operation Kilt, The Battle Of Godfrey's Cottage, Sergeant Wilson's Little Secret Extras include: Documentary: Missing Presumed Wiped