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ISBN: 9780857041050
AUTHOR: Arthur Cook
An Illustrated History of the Home Guard
An Illustrated History of the Home Guard
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It was a sunny September Sunday in 1939 when the news that Britain had declared war on Germany was broadcast. Where possible people had either stayed in to listen to this momentous news on their wireless sets, or had gone to their neighbours to listen to the Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain’s, fateful speech to the nation.

The peacetime establishment of the Territorial Army had already been doubled in size and some of these men were already fighting the German invader in France and Belgium.

At home, as early as October 1939, Winston Churchill had proposed that a second line of defence should be put in place.This force was to be made up of men over the age of 40 and not already serving in the armed forces.The role of this volunteer army of a proposed five million men was to guard vulnerable points such as ports, railways and tunnels, key road junctions, possible sites for amphibious invasion, moorland and areas which could be attacked by gliders and paratroops.

This force was to become the Home Guard (initially the Local Defence Volunteers or LDV, known by some as ‘Look-Duck-Vanish’), a defence organisation within the British Army. Operational from 1940 until 1944, the Home Guard, comprising 1.5 million local volunteers otherwise ineligible for military service, usually owing to age, was given the nickname ‘Dad's Army’. This highly illustrated book tells their fascinating story.

Arthur Cook lives in Exmouth and has spent much of his recent life recording and collecting memories of wartime from local people. His interest in this period of history started when he was a small boy when most of the toys he played with, including comics that he read and the films that he watched,were about the war. His interest in music also centred on the 1930s and 40s, and when he met his wife in 2004, they decided to combine their interests and formed ‘Blitz and Peaces’, a live World War Two music show with which they now tour Britain, performing at Living History events, museums, schools and preserved steam railways. Exmouth at War, his first book, was published by Halsgrove in 2010.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 105 0, hardback, 297x210mm, 160 pages. Published September 2011.

Exmouth at WarExmouth at War - £19.99
In this book Arthur Cook looks at his home town of Exmouth during the war years, drawing on years of collecting information and images, and interviewing many people who lived through the period and whose eye-witness accounts are included here.
Portsmouth : A Shattered CityPortsmouth : A Shattered City - £8.99
In this unique collection of rare images local journalist and author Anthony Triggs shows the way the war-torn city changed as the demolition crews went to work, and how the gaping wounds of the city were cleaned and cleared to make way for the new Portsmouth.
Devon at WarDevon at War - £19.99
Devon was the most military active of any county in Britain during the Second World War and this acclaimed book by Gerald Wasley charts life on the Home Front in Devon against the background of the wider conflict.
Liverpool BlitzedLiverpool Blitzed - £19.99
By comparing the wartime image to the modern viewpoint this book by Neil Holmes gives the reader a link to the city’s experiences that mere statistics can never convey. The book covers not just famous landmarks like the Liver Buildings but also ordinary houses, churches and pubs. It will inspire anyone, whether local or not to reflect on the sacrifice and bravery of Liverpool people in the city’s darkest hour.
Norfolk in the Second World WarNorfolk in the Second World War - £19.99
Profusely illustrated with almost 250 photographs and documents, many previously unseen, taken from the unique and nationally-respected archive assembled by Norfolk historian Neil Storey, this important book will appeal to all those with an interest in Norfolk’s military past and in family history.
A Child's War in CornwallA Child's War in Cornwall - £19.99
In A Child’s War in Cornwall, John C Harding describes the rural idyll that was Cornwall in the 1940s against the background of World War Two. His fond memories of those times provide a fascinating glimpse of times past and heartwarming reminiscences of a most fortunate childhood.
The Immortal FewThe Immortal Few - £24.99
The Immortal Few is a commemoration of the Battle of Britain and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. It covers the perilous weeks in 1940 during which ‘The Few’ thwarted the Nazis in the prelude to their planned invasion of Britain, linking to the present generation through Martin Bowman's incomparable action photography of of the surviving aircraft from the Battle of Britain and later war years now represented by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
Dorset at WarDorset at War - £19.99
This is the story of Dorset inWorld WarTwo – from 1939 to 1945. It is no exaggeration to say that there is no other single county in the British Isles that contributed to victory in so many decisive ways and on such a variety of levels and fronts.
A Country War - Memoirs of a Land GirlA Country War - Memoirs of a Land Girl - £8.99
This memoir by Maud 'Mickey' Mitchell is the fascinating story of one woman’s reminiscences of life in the Women’s Land Army from 1943 until the war’s end. Barely 17, the author describes the shock of moving from her home in Blackburn, Lancashire, to take up her first farming job deep in rural East Devon, first near Whimple and then Upottery.
Plymouth - A Shattered CityPlymouth - A Shattered City - £19.99
For anyone who has an interest in Plymouth, and particularly in the years during which the old city was replaced by post-war redevelopment, this illustrated story of the blitz of 1941 and its aftermouth by Gerald Wasley will be of great fascination.
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