The Home Guard Companion
edited by Campbell McCutcheon Two weeks before Dunkirk, Secretary of State for War Anthony Eden announced the creation of a Local Defence Volunteers, better known as Dad’s Army. This volume contains the Home Guard Manual, outlining the drills used in training, and a collection of post-war cartoons entitled Home Guard Humour. While the manual is a little dry at times, the cartoons are amusing. Exploring the experiences of ordinary people in south Dorset, as they adapted to the outbreak of war in 1914, this book ranges from the exploits of a German spy at Wyke, to the popularity of Australian troops with local ladies. The account has a very human feel and is a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made at home during the Great War.
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