Betley's Dads Army and all that, 1939-1945, by David Thompson
Booklet published by the Betley Local History Society in 2002, 56 pages. A4 size booklet (N3857)
This booklet provides a fascinating insight into the history of the Staffordshire village of Betley (and the surrounding area) during the Second World War, and concentrates on the organisation and activities of the Home Guard durng the war. Sections include:
The origins of the Local Defence Volunteer Force (LDV) Nationally
The Air Raid Precaution Wardens (ARP)The origins of the Home Guard Nationally
The Local Defence Volunteers in the Betley Area
The origin of the Home Guard Nationally
The origins of the Home Guard in Betley and Madeley
Relationships of the Home Guard and ARP with other services
The Air Defence of the Betley - Crewe area
Stories and Events (lots of anecdotes and experiences from local people about events during the war)
Demobilisation of the Home Guard
The booklet is illustrated throughout with several black and white maps and photographs. Please note, however, the booklet was printed privately, and so lacks the 'finish; of a more professional publication. But this doesn't detract from the fascinating contents!
Condition of the booklet is generally very good. The cover has one or two minor scuffs and blemishes, but the staple spine is intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.