This week in the War, 27 Nov—3 Dec 1944: Britain’s Home Guard stands down

Recruitment poster for Britain's Home Guard [Public domain]

Recruitment poster for Britain’s Home Guard [Public domain]

This week in the war, on 3 December 1944, Britain’s Home Guard stood down. The Home Guard (originally called the Local Defence Volunteers) had been formed when the British Isles were threatened by invasion.

In 1944, the tables were turned and it was Germany which was threatened with invasion. By October 1944, the Germans had already created the Volkssturm, which was Germany’s version of Britain’s Home Guard.

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