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Offline Mickleburgh

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Re: Home Guard Manual 1941
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2016, 15:33:55 »
Rather feel that the then embryo Home Guard (LDV) would have been cannon fodder had `Operation Sea Lion` taken place immediately following the fall of France but, yes, by the end they were an effective fighting force. C S Forrester once wrote a short story outlining the likely failure of a German invasion which I thought highly plausible (no suitable invasion barges other than depleting the Rhine of commercial traffic; unable to get the Panzers deployed; lack of detailed intelligence; failure to eliminate the RAF; pincer movement by navy cutting the lines of communication and supplies, etc). It is forgotten we still had an intact tank division in Lincolnshire even if most of our army was depleted by Dunkirk. None of the wartime generation really accepted that premise but nowadays it is generally viewed that this was one of Hitler`s better military judgements and that had he gone ahead it would have been bloody, but ultimately shortened the war and Europe might well look very different today.

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Home Guard Manual 1941
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2016, 13:28:52 »
This book is a truly absorbing read. It's the training manual for the Local Defence Volunteers, also known as the Home Guard. Not done any favours by 'Dads Army', by the time the Home Guard as disbanded in 1944, it was as efficient and deadly a fighting force as the Regular Army.

The book itself goes into how to make improvised booby traps, fieldcraft, field tactics, battlefield first aid and how to lay out effective defensive positions. Not that much different in fact to the stuff that modern-day soldiers learn in their basic training.

If the Nazis had invaded, the Home Guard would have given them a truly hard time and would have inflicted horrific levels of casualties on the enemy. The invasion of Britain would have been Nazi Germany's Vietnam. Scary stuff (for them at least).
"I did not say that the French will not come, I said they will not come by sea" - Lord St Vincent


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