Look, Duck and Vanish - A History of the 6th (Marlborough) Battalion Wiltshire Home Guard 1940-1944, by Roger Day
Published privately by the author in 2011, 116 pages. Paperback - 19cm by 25cm (N5319). Book signed by the author on the title page
From the rear side cover: The Home Guard is the most recent in a long line of volunteer armies raised in Britain during times of crisis. It was formed on Tuesday 14th May 1940 and originally named the Local Defence Volunteers (LDV). Tommy Trinder, a well known comedian of the period told his audiences that the letters stood for Look, Duck and Vanish. and although his words were not meant to be taken too seriously they were a fairly accurate interpretation of the organisation's original aim, which was simply to observe and report!
This book is a history of one small part of that force centred around the Wiltshire market town of Marlborough. The author has interviewed more that twenty local veterans who served in either the LDV, Home Guard or Army Cadet Force between the years 1940 and 1944. Some of their stories are deadly serious, others amusing, but together they help describe what took place as the Home Guard prepared to defend Britain against a possible Nazi invasion.
Contents include: Observation posts, Roadblocks, Stop Lines, Defended towns and villages, Marlborough Ant Tank Island, Defending Marlborough, Defending Chilton Foliat, Invasion scare, Home Guard under attack, Operation Moonlight Sonata, Defending the Beams, A Hole in the Road, The mystery of the German Bomber, Spy mania, Uniforms, Weapons, Home Guard Identity Documents, Civilian occupations, Home Guard Transport, training, and more!
The condition of the book is generally very good. The covers are clean and bright, the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover, and the book does curve gently upwards along the left and right hand edges from where it has been stored flat on the shelves