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The Home GuardA Military and Political History$
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S. P. MacKenzie

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205777

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205777.001.0001

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Epilogue: Red Scare 1948–57

Epilogue: Red Scare 1948–57

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(p.157) 9 Epilogue: Red Scare 1948–57
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The Home Guard
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S. P. Mackenzie

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205777.003.0010

This chapter examines the revival of the British Home Guard in 1948 because of a possible war with the Soviet Union. Lieutenant-General Gerald Templer's proposal was supported by generals and by June 1949 a working party was set up to study the Home Guard option in detail. However, in December 1955, the Ministry of Defence announced the scaling down of the Territorial Army into two divisions, both of which would be assigned to home defence. Thus, the Home Guard was no longer needed and it was given a final coup de grace in the summer of 1957.

Keywords:   Home Guard, Gerald Templer, Territorial Army, Soviet Union

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