The Home Guard Training Pocket Manual

Excerpts from the many unofficial 'manuals' avidly bought by members of the British Home Guard desperate to prepare for invasion during World War II
Publication date:
May 2019
Publisher :
Casemate Publishers
Editor :
Lee Johnson
Series :
Pocket Manual
Illustration :
30 black and white photos and diagrams
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ISBN : 9781612007670

Dimensions : 198 X 128 mm
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• Latest in the attractive, entertaining and informative Pocket Manual series
• Uses material from rarely seen manuals and first-hand accounts with modern introductions providing context
• Will appeal to those researching the Home Guard, and fans of Dad's Army

How would you clear a stoppage on a Bren Gun while in action? What is the most effective way to clear a wood of enemy forces? How best could you counter a landing by enemy airborne forces in your area? What measure can you take to help ensure accurate rifle fire at night? What qualities should you look for when selecting a patrol commander?

Just a few of the practical questions posed - and answered - in the selection of publications included in The Home Guard Training Pocket Manual. A number of manuals and training pamphlets were privately published during World War II to supplement the slim official Home Guard manual produced by the War Office. Covering everything from patrolling, night fighting, drill and small arms proficiency to the legal powers of the Home Guard, these manuals were welcomed by the men of local Home Guard units keen to do everything possible to prepare for possible invasion - when they would be the first line of defence. This pocket manual collates a selection of material from these fascinating publications, often written by serving soldiers and reprinted multiple times due to demand.


Lee Johnson has done us a service with this little 'pocket manual', which is effectively an edited selection or anthology, drawing on the work of Langdon-Davies and Brophy, supplemented with material from Barlow and Johnson on small arms, and Kerr on night fighting. The result is a much more readable and enjoyable text, giving us the essentials of the war-that-never-was.
Military History Matters (Editor)

… gives a fantastic insight into the training methods for what was an extremely large proportion of the military in WW2.
Army Rumour Service