Friday 5 July

Monthly meeting

2 pm at Reigate Park Church RH2 8BD

The Real Dad’s Army – Mike Brown


Most of us now think of the Home Guard in terms of Captain Mainwaring and the Warmingtonon Sea Platoon – truly a great programme, but just how accurate was it? In his talk, Mike Brown looks at the history of the Home Guard, from its formation as the Local Defence Volunteers in May 1940 through to its disbandment in December 1944 and compares reality with the TV programme.

He will describe the early days with France falling, the difficulties of lack of uniforms and equipment after Dunkirk, early attempts at home-made, or re-cycled ancient weapons – all of which added to the comical view of the first Home Guards, resulting in the name ‘Dad’s Army’. The story continues through invasion scares, road blocks and pill-boxes, and the now-famous training school at Osterley Park, through anti-aircraft and coastal defences, to its very-little known reformation in the Cold War.

Mike Brown retired from teaching History and now works full time writing, giving talks and doing research. He has worked on several TV programmes about the Home Front.

If you think friends might be interested in this talk, they are welcome to attend. They will be asked to sign in so that we have a record of attendance.