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In Search of the Real Dad S Army: The Home Guard and the Defence of the United Kingdom 1940-1944

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What was the Home Guard? Who were the men and women who served in it? And what can be said of their real role and significance once the popular myths have been stripped away?

Despite the fame of the Home Guard of Dad's Army the true story of this wartime organization tends to be neglected. The myths obscure the reality. Stephen Cullen's aim in this thoroughgoing new study
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Hardcover, 246 pages
Published February 29th 2012 by Pen & Sword Books
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Simon Binning
This book sets out to tell the story of the Local Defence Volunteers, popularly known as the 'Dad's Army', and to dispel the image many have, principally from the TV series of that name. The LDV, from unpromising beginnings, grew to become a large, well trained, well armed force of over one and a half million men and women. How effective they would actually have been we will never know, but they were up for the fight, and many of them did actually see service, in areas such as anti-aircraft and ...more
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Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have never seen the TV show, but I have always been interested in Britain on the home front during WWII, and I found this to be a very interesting, well researched study of the Home Guard. It's packed with citations, photographs and first hand accounts. Very well done.
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