Home Guard

1940 - 1945 , King's Lynn (Norfolk)

The Norfolk Home Guard at King's Lynn

The activities of the Norfolk, Home Guard, number two platoon, three company, 7th Battalion. The film opens with the film-maker, Charles Scott, standing in front of a notice board announcing the above information. The subject of the film begins with a dramatised reconstruction of a middle-aged man listening to Anthony Eden's announcement on the 9 o'clock news on May 14th, 1940. He goes along to his local police station to sign on for the Local Defence Volunteers, later the Home Guard. There are shots of the streets of Kings Lynn, including the Saturday Market. The volunteers repair to the Swan Inn, Gaywood, and are seen strapping on LDV armbands. Late the volunteers visit the QM Stores to be fitted out with their home guard uniforms. There are shots of Home Guard training activities in the grounds of Gaywood Park School. These include square bashing, a lecture on ordnance survey symbols, bayonet practice, and combating smoke and gas attacks. Other shots include mortar firing and grenade practice before returning to the parade ground where the troop is inspected. This looks like a school playground. The platoon marches through the streets. On the heath they shoot rifles and machine guns. Civilian identity cards are checked. Other manoeuvres in the field, on the heath and on sand dunes, are shown before a lengthy sequence shots among bombed out buildings in Kings Lynn. The Home Guard practice a variety of urban warfare techniques. There is film of a Home Guard Parade - this isn't captioned, but includes interior shots of a church. The men march through Kings Lynn. There are shots taken at an undisclosed camp in 1943. These show the men going about their everyday business. There is a Home Guard card school running. The men practise using a Browning Gun. No. 2 platoon also help out with the harvest. The 7th Mobile Company is filmed at Westacre in 1944. The BN Shoot winners at Shouldham clean their rifles, and practice target shooting. The final shots of he film are of the last Home Guard Parade in Tuesday Market Place, Kings Lynn in April, 1945.

Featured Buildings

The Swan Inn, Gaywood

Featured Events

Home Guard Parade, King's Lynn, April, 1945

Keywords

Home Guard

Intertitles

May 14th 1940. The next day.'LDV' becomes 'Home Guard'. By night and day indoors and out Drills Lectures. Military objectives. Identity cards please. Manoeuvres. Runner. The sniper. Street fighting. Roof men. Headed by an RAF band. At camp 1943. The Browning gun. No. 2 Answers the call.7 th mobile coy At Westacre 1944. Winners at BN Shoot Shouldam.

Other Places

Gaywood; Shouldham; Westacre

Manifestations

Home Guard

  • Barcode
    INV398580
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    MP4 H264 digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:31:24
    Modification Date
    30/11/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    734570
  • Barcode
    INV361350
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    MP4 H264 digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:31:24
    Modification Date
    31/08/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    724573
  • Barcode
    INV390589
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    MP4 H264 digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:31:24
    Modification Date
    31/08/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    723789
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV326714
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    DV digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:20:06
    Modification Date
    10/05/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    710813
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV372538
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    master digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:20:14
    Modification Date
    17/11/2010
    Parts
    Reference
    697346
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV300696
    Canonical Identifier
    6
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Details
    Carrier Type
    16mm film
    Colour System
    bw
    Colour Type
    bw
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:22:13
    Has Image
    Y
    Has Sound
    N
    Identifier
    Image Polarity
    pos
    Modification Date
    08/11/2010
    Parts
    Reference
    696630
    Sound
    silent
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV290503
    Canonical Identifier
    TB 1890
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    BetacamSP tape
    Dimension
    Identifier
    Modification Date
    17/12/2008
    Parts
    Reference
    677583
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV175019
    Canonical Identifier
    TB 1005
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    BetacamSP tape
    Dimension
    Identifier
    Modification Date
    24/07/2008
    Parts
    Reference
    673918
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV153581
    Canonical Identifier
    TB 985
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    BetacamSP tape
    Dimension
    Identifier
    Modification Date
    24/07/2008
    Parts
    Reference
    673914
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV150931
    Canonical Identifier
    TB 339
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    Umatic tape
    Dimension
    Identifier
    Modification Date
    22/07/2008
    Parts
    Reference
    673308
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV155163
    Canonical Identifier
    TB 109
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    Umatic tape
    Dimension
    Identifier
    Modification Date
    22/07/2008
    Parts
    Reference
    672916
  • Barcode
    INV??1890
    Canonical Identifier
    VP-1035
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Identifier
    Modification Date
    25/06/2021
    Parts
    Reference
    563081
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV241291
    Canonical Identifier
    B-230
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    16mm film
    Colour System
    KodachromeII
    Colour Type
    colour
    Duration
    0:20:23
    Has Sound
    N
    Identifier
    Modification Date
    25/06/2021
    Parts
    Reference
    562367
    Sound
    silent
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV??0402
    Canonical Identifier
    A-800
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    16mm film
    Colour Type
    bw
    Has Sound
    N
    Identification Notes
    Picture: mute (data migration 25/06/2021)
    Identifier
    Image Polarity
    negative
    Modification Date
    25/06/2021
    Parts
    Reference
    561060
    Sound
    silent

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