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The Home Guard: A Military and Political History

S. P. MacKenzie


Today we laugh at ‘Dad's Army’, but in 1940 the threat of a German invasion of Britain was a very real one. This book's history of the Home Guard offers a new perspective on the men who took up the challenge. Despite its popular image of old men and teenagers playing soldiers, the Home Guard, often as large as the wartime army, became an astonishingly strong political force in its own right. Quite literally the people in arms it proved able to exert a good deal of influence on policy. The threat of invasion receded and the Home Guard was never called upon to fulfil its military role, though th ... More

Keywords: German invasion, Home Guard, wartime army, military role, Home Front

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780198205777
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205777.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

S. P. MacKenzie, author
University of South Carolina, Columbia