The Home Guard

by Author | October 8th, 2011

This latest post shows a few photos of Home Guard re-enactors that I took at the Rufford Abbey Country Park 1940s Weekend recently. I took the snaps as they illustrate some of the aspects of Seelowe Nord quite nicely. First of all, you can see below the basic Home Guardsman of late 1940, early 1941. He has finally received his green/sage khaki denim fatigue uniform, and his equipment is the very basic brown leather variety, rather than the more expensive and robust 37 Pattern web variety as used by the Regular Army at this time. His Local Defence Volunteers armband (brassard) has gone and he is now officially known as a member of the Home Guard.

The Home Guardsman is equipped with a Canadian .30” calibre rifle, rather than the standard .303” Short Magazine Lee Enfield, and he carries a spare bandolier around his body. Initially, most Home Guardsmen would have only been issued with between 5 or 10 rounds of ammunition, until the frantic rearming of the Field Army was complete. Below you can see the Home Guardsman wearing steel helmet and manning a Lewis Gun, a bulky, drum fed light machine gun of World War One vintage, many of which were broken out of war stocks and distributed hurriedly following the loss of so much equipment and materiel at Dunkirk.

Finally, below, you can see some of the many improvised explosive devices that were invented and produced amongst the various Home Guard units as in true, eccentric British fashion, these volunteers attempted to fill the gaps in their armoury with home made weapons of various natures. Many of these devices were taken from pamphlets on guerrilla warfare published by veterans of the Spanish Civil War, some of whom were used to train Churchill’s Secret Army, or Auxiliary Units as they were known.

There will be some more photo-posts of weapons and equipment in the not too distant future. In the mean time, novel three progresses. And don’t forget, both Seelowe Nord and Thunder in May are now available on Amazon Kindle. See you again soon. AJ

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Seelöwe Nord is the online home of Andy Johnson, a war fiction novelist. Seelöwe Nord is a war novel that tells the alternative history of Operation Sealion, the proposed German invasion of Britain in 1940. Followed by Thunder in May, and the recently released Crucible of Fate, the trilogy of War Fiction remains a popular read within the genre.

Andy has also started to publish small Leadership and Management Booklets drawing from his extensive experience across many sectors and industries, both military and civilian, the first of which is entitled Captains of the Gate and is now available for download on eReaders directly from Amazon.