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12 bore double-barrelled shotgun, 1930 (c)

Shotgun used by the Local Defence Volunteers and the Home Guard, World War Two, Home Front (1939-1945).

In 1940 the Local Defence Volunteers were formed. They consisted of individuals too old or too young to be assigned to front-line units, or people in reserved occupations. The organisation was eventually re-titled the Home Guard and was a defence against possible German invasion. The units were improvised and poorly equipped, but they were dedicated to their duties and helped maintain morale during the dark days of 1940.

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NAM. 1983-05-73-1


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