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Home Guard Manual 1941 [Paperback]

Campbell McCutcheon
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1 Aug 2006
This book is a reprint of an actual handbook from 1941 for the World War II British Home Guard. It includes tips such as dealing with traffic and civilians, using and improvising with weapons, and more.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (1 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752438875
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752438870
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 363,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I bought this book as I was looking to find out more about the British Home Guard in WWII, but discovered to my dismay that it's actually a reprint of a manual for the New Zealand Home Guard instead. Looking on the bright side though, I have learned something, since I didn't know that there was a New Zealand Home Guard during the war before reading this book.

I'm in no way knocking the manual, it's a fine publication with some fascinating information (everything from land navigation to operating a Thompson sub-machine gun, to making Molotov Cocktails), so it is an interesting read.

Since there were so many privately published Home Guard manuals printed during WWII, I find it strange that they've chosen to reprint this one though.

All in all it's worth a look, just don't expect it to be the same manual that your grandad used (unless he lived in New Zealand).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars homeguard manual 26 July 2009
to the uninformed,
this is a new zealand copy of the british version,
stands to reason as we were a independant dominion with the british empire.
so what is in this manual was in the british manual [not to belabour the point]
I have this copy and it is very interesting from the perspective of a nation on the point of invasion [NZ 1941-2, Britian 1940-41]
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1.0 out of 5 stars Home Guard Manual 19 Jan 2009
This book is not what it says it is; the blurb on the back, the intro and all the indications are that this book is a British Home Guard Manual, however, in the midst of writing about British Home Guard activity it suddenly states... 'this one actually is published for the New Zealand Home Guard'. It is, in other words, a complete con and I feel duped . Do not waste your money as the book is something completely false, as it is presented as a British Home Guard Manual when it isn't. All the references to 'Dads Army' are disingenuous as the book is NOT about the British Home Guard.
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4.0 out of 5 stars dads army ready willing and surprisingly able 6 April 2010
the image of the home guard has more to do with the BBC comedy than the facts mainly because so little has been written about them in a factual sense.
this handbook was written for the New zealand home guard and adopted by the british home guard. whether it was issued or recommended isn't entirely clear.
before reading this I was of the opinion that the home guard was more of a propaganda tool than an effective force the training outlined dispels this and suggests that they could have fought the germans as an effective force.
this book is worth reading to give an idea of how hard these unpaid volunteer soldiers trained for a battle that fortunatly never came.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent reprint 30 Jan 2007
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This is a reprint of a genuine handbook for the Home Guard in 1941, if you are interested in the British Home Guard during World War Two then obviously this is something for you.

A lot of the information here is hard to find elsewhere, or it will be spread out over several books or websites. This book is very convenient in that it contains in a small package everything a member of the Home Guard was supposed to know, and it's well arranged too.

The things that a Home Guard member was supposed to know included things like: traffic control, destroying railways, using and maintaining his weapons, making improvised grenades, and lots of other things.

Much of this would apply to the regular army as well, and since there's no reprint of regular army manuals this is a serviceable substitute.

Definitely a worthwhile purchase for amateur historians, wargamers, budding writers etc.
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