The Dad’s Army guide to defending Britain

Thanks to the famous BBC series, which has inspired a new comedy film, the image of 'Dad's Army' as a group of bumbling misfits has been burned into the British consciousness. Yet, in reality, the Home Guard was a tough, dynamic fighting force. Leo McKinstry reveals five ways in which it readied itself to repel a Nazi invasion

Members of the Palmers Green and Winchmore Hill LNER (London and North Eastern Railway) LDV (Local Defence Volunteers) dressed in their civilian clothes march along a platform passing a steam locomotive on 1 July 1940 in London. (Photo by Harry Todd/Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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