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Home Guard, Hounslow
Detailed and absorbing look at the training of a battalion of the Home Guard in Middlesex captured by a local amateur film-maker.
Amateur film 1940 31 mins Silent
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After a scene-setting introduction drawn from newsreel, this film uses amateur footage shot by Oliver Kimber, a printer, showing training with 2nd Battalion Middlesex Home Guard in Hounslow. The recruits are shown marching, bayonet fighting, wearing gas masks, on manoeuvres, firing mortars and dramatically engaging in mock street-fighting as they get to grip with life in the army. The Home Guard was formed in 1940 as a defence force featuring volunteer soldiers.
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