The Somerset Home Guard - A Pictorial Roll-call, by Jeffrey Wilson

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The Somerset Home Guard - A Pictorial Roll-call, by Jeffrey Wilson

Published by Millstream in 2004, 336 pages. Hardback with Dust Jacket - c.26cm by 28cm (N6870)

States on the first inside page: 'This edition has been limited to 2,000 copies'

Over a quarter of a million men volunteered overnight in May 1940 when a new force of Local Defence Volunteers was established, and well over a million by July of that year when the organisation was renamed the Home Guard. This quite extraordinary book is the product of 20 years of exhaustive research, following up countless leads. It gives the most detailed account of the Home Guard in just one county, and is published to celebrate the 60th anniversary of its disbanding. Around 500 photographs of platoons and individuals have been assembled, with more than 5,000 individuals identified. There are a host of details and memories, too, from those who played their part in guarding vital buildings, roads and railway lines against invasion by German paratroops....

The condition of the book is generally very good. The dust jacket has one or two very minor scuffs but is clean and bright, the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.