Contesting Home Defense: Men, Women, and the Home Guard in the Second World War

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Manchester University Press, Jun 15, 2007 - History - 307 pages
Contesting Home Defence is a new history of the Home Guard, a novel national defence force of the Second World War composed of civilians who served as part-time soldiers: it questions accounts of the force and the war, which have seen them as symbols of national unity. The book makes a significant and original contribution to debates concerning the British home front and introduces fresh ways of understanding the Second World War.

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competing visions of the Home Guard
Women weapons and home defence
The Home Guard in wartime popular culture

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Penny Summerfield is Professor of Modern History at the University of Manchester. Corinna Peniston-Bird is Lecturer in History at the University of Lancaster.

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