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Local Defence Volunteers: ‘Old Contemptibles’ in the Local Defence Volunteers lined up for inspection. None of the men pictured wear any official uniform except for the LDV armband.
THE HOME GUARD 1939-1945. © IWM (H 2005) IWM Non Commercial Licence

A parade of ‘Old Contemptibles’ – men who had served in France and Belgium in 1914 – in the Local Defence Volunteers, soon to be renamed the Home Guard, 1 July 1940.


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