On the 14th May 1940, the British Government announced the formation of the Local Defence Volunteers (later the Home Guard). But with few weapons available to equip the new militia force some units improvised!
A Hampshire Home Guard unit appear to have improvised a remarkable and innovative incendiary weapon. With little information available lets see what we can learn from the remarkable colour archival footage.
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Footage courtesy of the Wessex Film and Sound Archive via the BFI – https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/watch-home-guard-and-home-movies-in-swanmore-1935-online
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