Storrington Museum Presents: “The Home Guard”

August 6, 2024 @ 7:30 pm
The Old School
School Ln
Storrington, Pulborough RH20 4LL
£6 Museum Members, £8 Non-Members. Pay at Door

Talk: The Home Guard - Storrington Museum 6th August

A Talk given by Steve Bird

August 6th, 7.30 p.m. at Storrington Museum,
Old School, School Lane, Storrington RH20 4LL.

Our views of the Home Guard are now much influenced by the classic TV comedy series ‘Dad’s Army’. Steve will explore to what extent the adventures of Captain Mainwaring and the Warmington on Sea Platoon reflected the reality of 1940 Britain.

Steve will set out to bust a number of popular myths that persist to this day about the Home Guard whilst telling some stories about real Home Guard adventures to show that at least some aspects of Dad’s army were spot on.

In the first part of the talk, we will hear of the origins of the Home Guard and whose idea it was to form it. We will learn about what they were intended to do; the weapons they had and how they operated. Did you know the Home Guard provided the only artillery unit to sink a German ship in WW2? We will also find out when the Home Guard was finally stood down.

In the second part, we will look at a single unit, to illustrate the sort of thing which was going on all over the country. Using original material from the archives we will look at a 1940 plan showing how the Home Guard intended to defend their village in the event of a German invasion and how they would have tackled a German raid like the ones shown in films like ‘Went the Day well?’ and ‘The Eagle has Landed’. We will use original attendance records to show who the men and women of the Home Guard were and what their background were. We will also look at where they got their weapons from and how they made some themselves.

Venue: Old School, School Lane, Storrington RH20 4LL.

Members £6. Non Members £8. All welcome

No booking required

Registered Charity: 1084853

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