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Basingstoke Home Guard

Soldiers amass on the outskirts of Basingstoke... we're doomed! But don't panic! It's just Dad's Army doing a bit of training.

1942 9 mins Silent


Spotlight on life in the Home Guard - here are bands of local Hampshire lads being put through their paces at an Army training session in Basingstoke. Crystal clear pictures record a hive of activity: artillery's assembled, gas masks fitted and straw Nazis jabbed with bayonets. But filmed on the outskirts of town, it's a bit surreal seeing civvy cyclists and pram-pushers pass by the military antics.