The Home Guard (originally the Local Defence Volunteers) was established in May 1940. Made up of men below or above conscription age and those unfit or ineligible for the front line, this 'Dad's Army' was to be Britain's last line of defence against German invasion.

This rare, colour film, by amateur film maker Rosie Newman, shows the London 'J' Zone, District Home Guard, in training and on parade in 1941.

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Bayonet practise

A clip from 'Britain At War' - an amateur film, predominantly colour, shot and edited by Rosie Newman, showing parts of life on the Home Front in the Second World War. 

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'Dad's Army' drill

A clip from 'Britain At War' - an amateur film, predominantly colour, shot and edited by Rosie Newman, showing parts of life on the Home Front in the Second World War. 

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Throwing hand grenades

A clip from 'Britain At War' - an amateur film, predominantly colour, shot and edited by Rosie Newman, showing parts of life on the Home Front in the Second World War. 

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Despatch riders

A clip from 'Britain At War' - an amateur film, predominantly colour, shot and edited by Rosie Newman, showing parts of life on the Home Front in the Second World War.

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Assembling machine guns

A clip from 'Britain At War' - an amateur film, predominantly colour, shot and edited by Rosie Newman, showing parts of life on the Home Front in the Second World War. 

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Smoke screens

A clip from 'Britain At War' - an amateur film, predominantly colour, shot and edited by Rosie Newman, showing parts of life on the Home Front in the Second World War.

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Ready for action

A clip from 'Britain At War' - an amateur film, predominantly colour, shot and edited by Rosie Newman, showing parts of life on the Home Front in the Second World War. 

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