On Friday 10 May 1940, the Germans had started their attack on Belgium and the Netherlands using soldiers dropped by parachutes. British troTo protect Britain, a new part-time force was to be set up, the Local Defence Volunteers. The Government made an urgent appeal on the radio to all men aged between 17 and 65 to become part-time soldiers. Within 24 hours of the radio broadcast a quarter of a million men had volunteered. Many of the men who joined the Home Guard were those who could not join the regular army because their day-time jobs were necessary to keep the country running. They included farm workers, bakers, teachers, grocers, bank staff and railway workers. Other men who joined were either too young or too old to join the regular army. They were given military style training, although at first they had no uniforms and little equipment. The public were invited to give shotguns and pistols and within a few months over 20,000 weapons were handed in. At the end of July they were changed from Local Defence Volunteers to the name we remember them by, the Home Guard.
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