The Home Guard…initially “Local Defense Volunteers” or LDV which was amusingly called Look, Duck & Vanish. The LDV was a defense organisation of the British Army during the Second World War. Operational from 1940 until 1944, the Home Guard – comprising 1.5 million local volunteers otherwise ineligible for military service, usually owing to age, hence the nickname “Dad’s Army” – acted as a secondary defense force, in case of invasion by the forces of Nazi Germany and their allies. The Home Guard guarded the coastal areas of Britain and other important places such as airfields, factories and explosives stores.

Recollections of the Home Guard by Richard Brownhil

Probably one of the most poignant recordings of the entire audio collection, as Richard recalls his memories working at David Browns from his hospital bed in Sheffield.

Home Guard Marching through Penistone

Home Guard

Local Home Guard volunteer Dennis Faxon’s Certificate of Proficiency.

Recollections of the Home Guard by John Bunting

Ramblers vice president John Bunting who has since recording this has sadly passed away at the age of 95.

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