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This is an auction for THE STORY OF THE HOME GUARD, THE REAL DAD'S ARMY, by Norman Longmate.

'A fascinating history.'
- DAILY MAIL

'Wonderful stories - a well-written account of the last line of defence.'
- DAILY MIRROR

Amazon.com reviews:

"The enduring popularity of the BBC TV series Dad's Army has focused attention on one of the strangest and least military armies ever formed: the British Home Guard. What started as an improvised band of volunteers had grown by 1942 into a conscripted, disciplined and well-equipped force with a strength of nearly two million men.
Norman Longmate, an ex-member of the Home Guard and an authority on wartime Britain, has collected together a wealth of hilarious anecdotes as well as all the unlikely facts to produce the first popular history of the Home Guard to be written since the War."

"Norman Longmate's book cuts through the sentimental view of Britain's Home Guard, as presented in the famous television series "Dad's Army," and presents a portrait of an organization in which enthusiasm mattered more than anything else. The Home Guard might not have been able to resist Hitler's troops, had the Germans invaded Great Britain, but their very presence provided security at a time when Britain feared for their future security. An entertaining read."

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Norman Longmate, ex-Private 'F' Company, 3rd Sussex Battalion, Home Guard, joined 'Dad's Army' at seventeen - the same age as the fictional character 'Pike'. He contends that the much-loved sitcom was remarkably accurate in its portrayal of life in the Home Guard.

Hardback 1974.

128 pages.

Photographs throughout.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95 (ordinary post) or $6.95 (tracked mail). If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston ?North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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