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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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On Guard 1941–2

On Guard 1941–2

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(p.87) 6 On Guard 1941–2
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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/9780198205777.003.0007

This chapter examines the start of the gradual decline in public enthusiasm for the Home Guard during the summer of 1941. This was attributed to non-arrival of the German invaders and the corresponding decline in the strength of the Home Guard. There were several reasons for the resignation of volunteers, including the retirement of older volunteers, disgruntlement over the slow arrival of weapons and equipment, and the sense that the danger of invasion had significantly decreased. These problems were effectively addressed by the War Office and by summer of 1942 the Home Guard was better armed and equipped than ever before.

Keywords:   Home Guard, weapons, equipment, War Office, German invasion

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