The Story of the Home Guard

Author: Norman Longmate

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 1445608782

Category: History

Page: 208

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A narrative history of the Home Guard from its creation in May 1940 to the end of the Second World War.
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Author: Campbell McCutcheon

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 1445611031

Category: History

Page: 234

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Find out about the real Dad's Army, from the manual used to train them.
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Author: A.F.U. Green

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472835573

Category: History

Page: 160

View: 3539

The Home Guards are an attacking force lying in wait for, and ready to destroy, and enemy who dares to set foot on out shores.' The Home Guard has been immortalised in British culture in the TV series Dad's Army. Formed by men not eligible for active service – too old, too young, in reserved occupations vital to the war effort – who were expected to resist a German invasion with any resources they had to hand, the Home Guard is the embodiment of plucky British resolve against the odds. The Home Guard Pocket-Book evokes this spirit. Written by Brig-Gen Green, commanding 4th battalion, Sussex Home Guard and Training Adviser for the Sussex Zone, this book is based on his experience and, in his own words, 'is the result of my ransacking the dusty pigeon-holes of memory and the condensation of many books, official instructions and writings'. Its tone is informal and colloquial, such as: 'March discipline. Troops will always march off the parade ground at the Slope. As soon as this has been done the order "March at Ease" should be given. When marching at ease the rifle may be carried in any way a soldier fancies.' Nevertheless, the book is full of sound advice on training, organisation and discipline, fire arms, reconnaissance and field engineering, the responsibilities of the Group Pigeon Officer, the proper position to adopt for surviving a dive bomb attack, and how to set a trap for an unwary advancing German cyclist!
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The Making of a TV Legend

Author: Bill Pertwee

Publisher: Anova Books

ISBN: 9781844861057

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 208

View: 4926

The essential guide to one of the most successful British comedies ever! Dad's Army has been an enduring highlight of the small screen since its debut in 1968. The show, which follows the exploits of the Home Guard in a fictional seaside town on the south coast of England, regularly attracted viewing figures of over 18 million at the height of its popularity and recently placing fourth in a BBC poll of Britain's Best Sitcoms Ever. Here is a unique behind-the-scenes look at the creators, cast, and making of Dad's Army, along with a full episode guide and original stills of the series' greatest moments.
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The War Diaries of Lt. Col. Rodney Foster

Author: Rodney Foster

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0670919829

Category: World War, 1939-1945

Page: 359

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'WHO DO YOU think you are kidding Mr Hitler?' Not Colonel Rodney Foster, a platoon commander of the Kent Home Guard. Dad's Army, the iconic comedy series is as well-known today as it was forty years ago. But the reality of life in the Home Guard was often very different. Here, for the first time, is the full inside story of the Home Guard, the ragtag volunteer army that defended the coast of Britain from German invasion during the Second World War. Colonel Rodney Foster, who retired to Hythe in the south of England after a military career in British India, joined the Home Guard in 1940 and kept a diary every day - a highly illegal act at the time - and in it meticulously chronicled his service in the real Dad's Army. Living directly beneath the Battle of Britain on the Kent coast, Foster commanded a company of men in the face of constant aerial bombardment and the ever-present threat of death from above. Writing from the village hall, abandoned barns, churches and makeshift officers' messes, he records with a unique wit and wisdom the everyday details of family life during the war: the domestic routine dogged by air raid warnings, the antics of soldiers stationed nearby taking every chance to improve their lot, the quiet strength of a small community faced with great adversity. In his warm and descriptive account of wartime Britain, illustrated with his own watercolours, Rodney Foster's humanity and care shine through, proud testament to the spirit that defied the Nazis and won the war.
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Author: P. H. Ditchfield

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3864030099


Page: 262

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"A popular and readable sketch of the history of our villages." Dealing with characteristic features of English villages, such as prehistoric remains and Roman relics, churches, monasteries, the village inn, village folklore and superstitions and many more. Originally published in 1901.
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Author: O'LEARY

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317847482

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

View: 4371

First published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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Author: Lesley Adkins,Roy A. Adkins,Both Professional Archaeologists Roy A Adkins

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 0816074828

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 465

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Describes the people, places, and events of Ancient Rome, describing travel, trade, language, religion, economy, industry and more, from the days of the Republic through the High Empire period and beyond.
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Author: Shadi Bartsch,Kirk Freudenburg,Cedric Littlewood

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107052203

Category: Art

Page: 428

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A lively and accessible guide to the rich literary, philosophical and artistic achievements of the notorious age of Nero.
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The Autobiography of the Creator of Dad's Army

Author: Jimmy Perry

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780712623384

Category: Dad's Army. (Television programme)

Page: 295

View: 574

The fascinating autobiography from the creator of "Dad's Army" and "It Ain't Half Hot, Mum." Very funny, and illustrated with over a hundred photographs, this highly entertaining autobiography is full of the people, stories and experiences from Jimmy Perry's childhood in London, his time in the Home Guard, as a Gunner in Burma, as a member of the Royal Artillery Concert Party entertaining the troops in India, and much more. These are the stories that inspired many of the characters and scenes from his much-loved comedies.
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Historical Statistics

Author: Maddison Angus

Publisher: OECD Publishing

ISBN: 9264104143


Page: 274

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Following on from his The World Economy: a Millennial Perspective, published by the OECD in 2001, in this book, Angus Maddison offers a rare insight into the history and political influence of national accounts and national accounting.
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Author: Neil Grant

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1782007938

Category: History

Page: 80

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During World War I, the British adopted the US-designed Lewis gun as an infantry weapon, realizing that its light weight and the fact that it could be fired both prone and on the move made it ideal for supporting advances and defending captured trenches. Later adopted by an array of countries from the Netherlands to Japan, the Lewis successfully served as the primary or secondary armament in armoured fighting vehicles and in both ground-based anti-aircraft and aircraft-mounted roles. Although it was superseded by the Bren in British service in 1937, the outbreak of World War II meant that thousands returned to active service, and it played a key role as far afield as Libya, with the Long-Range Desert Group, and the Philippines, with the US Marine Corps. Written by an authority on this iconic light machine gun, this is the fascinating story of the innovative and influential Lewis gun, from the trenches of World War I to the Libyan desert and Pacific islands of World War II and beyond.
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National Hero. Boxing Champion. Serial Killer

Author: Michael Litchfield,Tom Oldfield

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781786064455

Category: Boxers (Sports)

Page: 288

View: 8605

Seven young women, all murdered in the most disgusting manner imaginable. Unimaginable, in fact: a first of its kind, and never before explicitly revealed. All the victims were prostitutes. All were dumped naked after having been stored by their killer as sex toys. Some of them were mothers. Each was someone's daughter. And for more than fifty years the author has lived with the haunting secret that he was once suspected by Scotland Yard of being a serial killer more depraved and dangerous than Jack the Ripper. In the killing-spree that lasted more than a year, the author had a mole deep inside Scotland Yard's Murder Squad, similar to "Deep Throat" of Watergate scandal, who was drip-feeding him the step-by-step ploys to snare the monster who brought terror to the streets of West London. Hundreds of police women, posing as prostitutes, flooded the red-light districts, hoping to be selected by the killer - more hopeful, though, that the back-up would swoop to the rescue in time. At one point, Scotland Yard feared that a prostitute, missing for more than a fortnight, had become the eighth victim and appealed to the public for help. It took the author just eleven hours to track her down and hand her alive and well to the Murder Squad. When the killings stopped, the most senior member of the Murder Squad claimed that the serial killer had committed suicide and an innocent man was named in a deceitful cover-up. The author fingers the real serial killer, a celebrity and national treasure who died in circumstances arguably even more bizarre than the manner in which he murdered his victims.
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The Story of a Classic Television Show

Author: Graham McCann

Publisher: Harpercollins Pub Limited

ISBN: 9781841153094

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 304

View: 2216

When we laugh at Dad's Army we laugh at ourselves, and more than 30 years after it was first broadcast, millions of us are still laughing - whenever and wherever it is repeated. With contributions from the people who planned, produced and performed the programme, and material drawn from the BBC archives, acclaimed author Graham McCann has written was should prove to be the definitive story of a very British comedy. This is the story of a classic British sit-com and its enduring appeal.
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Author: Annalisa Sannino,Harry Daniels,Kris D. Gutiérrez

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521760755

Category: Psychology

Page: 367

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There is a growing interest in activity theory across behavioral and social sciences. Activity theory has a very rich and solid heritage in the works of Vygotsky, Luria, and Leont'ev. The development of activity theory depends on the understanding of this heritage. However, this literature is very demanding and often proves inaccessible to new generations of scholars who want to pursue empirical studies. How can students and young researchers be helped to engage with this heritage as they carry out their inquiries in various social practices? This book provides researchers with an accessible text that also supports the use of the classic tradition of activity theory.
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A Biographical Dictionary

Author: Mark Grossman

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 0816074771

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 414

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Articles profiling important military leaders are arranged in A to Z format.
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Author: Brian W. Breed,Elizabeth Keitel,Rex Wallace

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107189551

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 320

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Illuminates the relationships between Lucilius' satires and the Roman world in which he wrote, by combining linguistic and literary approaches.
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A Slice of Bread and Jam

Author: Tommy Rattigan

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781907324604

Category: Hulme (England)

Page: 400

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A raw and often funny snapshot of 7-year-old Tommy's brutal young life amid the derelict terraced houses of Manchester's Hulme. This is one boy's year of adventure, abuse, crippling poverty and encounters with the welfare officers, the nuns, the police - and The Moors Murderers.
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Plautus and Popular Comedy

Author: Amy Richlin

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108216439

Category: History

Page: 582

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Roman comedy evolved early in the war-torn 200s BCE. Troupes of lower-class and slave actors traveled through a militarized landscape full of displaced persons and the newly enslaved; together, the actors made comedy to address mixed-class, hybrid, multilingual audiences. Surveying the whole of the Plautine corpus, where slaves are central figures, and the extant fragments of early comedy, this book is grounded in the history of slavery and integrates theories of resistant speech, humor, and performance. Part I shows how actors joked about what people feared - natal alienation, beatings, sexual abuse, hard labor, hunger, poverty - and how street-theater forms confronted debt, violence, and war loss. Part II catalogues the onstage expression of what people desired: revenge, honor, free will, legal personhood, family, marriage, sex, food, free speech; a way home, through memory; and manumission, or escape - all complicated by the actors' maleness. Comedy starts with anger.
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