Home Guard talk at Long Sutton

Long Sutton & District Civic Society's archive image of the Home Guard in 1945.
Long Sutton & District Civic Society's archive image of the Home Guard in 1945.

Our understanding of the Home Guard, mostly gained from the popular BBC comedy Dad’s Army, is of well-intentioned but ill-equipped amateurs playing at soldiers at home.

In fact, the truth is very different as archaeologist Dr Francis Pryor, president elect of Long Sutton & District Civic Society, is to explain. He is due to talk about The Real Dad’s Army to members and guests of the society at Peele College, Long Sutton, on Monday, December 15 (7pm).

Based on his three-part TV series, he will tell the audience that in the face of an expected Nazi invasion, Britain prepared “the most elaborate defensive network ever constructed”.

He said: “Twenty eight thousand pill boxes were built, plus trenches, tank traps, gun emplacements and other defensive earthworks, all to be manned by the 2 million strong Home Guard.

“Lincolnshire could well have been on the front line had an invasion happened and our own local defence volunteers would have been fighting for our freedom from the pill boxes, coastal gun batteries and spigot mortars.”

Tickets cost £5 for non-members from the Market House, Long Sutton.