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History of War - - CONTENTS - Tim Wil­liamson Ed­i­tor-in-chief

Af­ter the fall of France, and the evac­u­a­tion of Al­lied forces from Nor­way and Dunkirk, Nazi Ger­many was mas­ter of west­ern Europe. Af­ter the rapid col­lapse of its ally, Bri­tain was pre­par­ing to fight for its very sur­vival. As Churchill put it on 4 June, “We shall fight in the fields and in the streets.” At the most se­cre­tive level of the Bri­tish mil­i­tary, over 3,000 civil­ian sol­diers were pre­par­ing for just such a fight. Un­known to even their fam­ily and friends, these men were ready to wage a bru­tal and likely brief guer­rilla cam­paign against the ex­pected in­va­sion, us­ing sab­o­tage and stealth as part of the Bri­tish re­sis­tance.

A sergeant of the Dork­ing Home Guard in Sur­rey, Eng­land, gives his Tommy gun a fi­nal pol­ish be­fore leav­ing home to go on pa­rade, De­cem­ber 1940

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