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We Remember the Home Guard [Kindle Edition]

Frank Shaw , Joan Shaw
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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'I remember standing on top of our local glen with a block of wood, expecting thousands of Germans coming down from the sky. What was I going to do with the block of wood? I never knew.' Leonard Jackson

On 22 June 1940 France surrendered to Germany and the invasion of Britain seemed a very real possibility.

The Home Guard was formed to defend our villages and towns. Members came from reserved occupations, those who had failed their medicals, the elderly and the young, with miners and farmers training alongside former majors. Their weapons and ammunition were negligible at first, but slowly these amateur soldiers began to produce professional results.

In this unique book of reminiscenses about life on the home front, we see these men as they practise with pitchforks and fall into ditches after a pint or two of ale on the job. But we also see them learning how to fire grenades after a day studying engineering and undertaking night watches after exhausting factory shifts - knowing they could be the last stop between the enemy and their families and homes.

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"Endearing, inspiring and sometimes amazing stories from men in their teens to their seventies" (Ian Lavender, from the Foreword)

"Of all the books I have read this year, these are the most moving and memorable; more "people" stories than war stories, in countless voices and moods, of a richness and strength which makes fiction seem meagre" (Shaun Usher Daily Mail)

"A wonderful tribute to the Home Guard" (Sir Harry Seacombe)

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Entertaining memories from the courageous men of the Home Guard, Britain's real life Dad's Army, with a foreword by Ian Lavender

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1226 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital (10 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007W1BUHC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #176,941 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 17 Aug. 2012
By Dogface
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
One of the best collections of personal accounts of the Home Guard in print. If you want to know what the Home Guard was like - buy this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars home defence 3 Feb. 2015
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is the story of the Home Guard,told in dozens of reminiscences,from its inception in May 1940 as the Local Volunteer Reserves (LVD) with their red and black armbands and walking sticks used as pretend rifles became, at Churchills insistence, the Home Guard in July 1940.
The book relates the development of the Home Guard from using picks and shovels to a well equipped entity that would have given the Nazis what for.One of my abiding memories is the day in 1940 when I was twelve seeing my father parade on the Braid hills in Edinburgh with his walking stick over his shoulder.From that day I was inspired to know we would never be beaten.
There are no Scottish memories.
A remarkable book for those who remember the dark days.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good book 31 Oct. 2013
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An well written and informed guide to this part of our history. I recomend it. Buy it now you won't regret it
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a look. 19 Jan. 2015
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An interesting and informative read, with wonderful comic overtones.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 15 Dec. 2014
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Enjoyable read
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