The Local Defence Volunteers: A member of the Local Defence Volunteers, Bill Giles, in 1940 after completing a course of intensive training. LDV members then returned to their units to pass on what they had learnt.
When Italy declared war on 10 June 1940, the Italian Army in Libya threatened the vital Suez Canal in British-occupied Egypt. Italian forces attacked Egypt on 13 September. General O’Connor’s Western Desert Force was outnumbered, but his commander-in-chief, General Wavell, ordered a surprise attack at Sidi Barrani three days later.