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Dad's Army - How useful would the Home Guard have been?


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A Hairy Biker #41 Posted 05 June 2018 - 08:47 AM

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Take into consideration: WW1 wasn't that long ago, neither was the Boer war, both very violent and "in your face" wars with killing done at look into their face level, not over the sights of a machine gun. The soldiers used to go into the enemy trenches with cricket bats with nails in them, maces, anything that could be swung in a limited arc but which will break and crunch bones.

 

The Home Guard would have done alright. Imagine being the first thing you see is some old guy snarling at you swinging a lump of chain around his head just before it wraps around your neck as you are wandering around? The French did it, the Brits are much nastier at things like that, we always have been old boy. Don't have to kill them, just make them scared...

 

If you let the Scots in, the Germans would have been stealing boats to get home...


Edited by A Hairy Biker, 05 June 2018 - 08:47 AM.


NSW Mntd Rifles #42 Posted 26 June 2018 - 07:51 AM

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View PostA Hairy Biker, on 05 June 2018 - 06:47 PM, said:

Take into consideration: WW1 wasn't that long ago, neither was the Boer war, both very violent and "in your face" wars with killing done at look into their face level, not over the sights of a machine gun. The soldiers used to go into the enemy trenches with cricket bats with nails in them, maces, anything that could be swung in a limited arc but which will break and crunch bones.

 

The Home Guard would have done alright. Imagine being the first thing you see is some old guy snarling at you swinging a lump of chain around his head just before it wraps around your neck as you are wandering around? The French did it, the Brits are much nastier at things like that, we always have been old boy. Don't have to kill them, just make them scared...

 

If you let the Scots in, the Germans would have been stealing boats to get home...

 

YES!! PS: "They don't like it up 'em!"


Edited by NSW Mntd Rifles, 26 June 2018 - 07:52 AM.


Panthergraf #43 Posted 26 June 2018 - 10:26 AM

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The Wehrmacht fought 4 years against a soviet steamroll in worst possible gepgraphical and weather conditions - come on the Home Guard would have been a handswipe compared with the Eastern Front, stop embarrassing yourselfes.

Not that Sea Lion was a joke, too.

NSW Mntd Rifles #44 Posted 08 July 2018 - 05:48 AM

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View PostPanthergraf, on 26 June 2018 - 08:26 PM, said:

The Wehrmacht fought 4 years against a soviet steamroll in worst possible gepgraphical and weather conditions - come on the Home Guard would have been a handswipe compared with the Eastern Front, stop embarrassing yourselfes.

Not that Sea Lion was a joke, too.

 

The Wehrmacht were crapping their pants outside Tobruk in 1941. Night raids by the Australian and Indian defenders of Tobruk had them totally on the defensive. In 1918 the fathers of those Wehrmacht soldiers were surrendering in droves to the men who formed the British Home Guard in 1940. I don't think those veterans would have been "a handswipe".

Edited by NSW Mntd Rifles, 09 July 2018 - 03:32 AM.





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