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In spring 1940 Hitler unleashed his Blitzkrieg, and as British forces fell back to Dunkirk, Britain was in immediate danger. Anthony Eden, Secretary of State for War, made a radio appeal on 14th May 1940 for men ‘who were for one reason or another not at present engaged in military service, and who wish to do something for the defence of their country’ to join a new force named the Local Defence Volunteers, which Churchill would later rename The Home Guard. This book tells the story of how men answered the call in thousands, and how their training and equipment were improved from their very basic, even improvised levels, to turn them into a well-honed defence force.


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