Kendal Home Guard

Archive: Northern Region Film and Television Archive
ID No.: n/a
Title: Kendal Home Guard
Date: ca. 1943
Film-maker: Unknown
Colour: Black & White and Colour
Sound: Silent
Themes: Civil Defence: Home Guard & ATS


A film illustrating the work of the Home Guard in Kendal, in Cumbria.


This film shows, in quite some detail, the techniques and methods which would have been used by units of the Home Guard to defend against a German invasion. Training activities include bayonet practice, night patrols and urban fighting.

This clip shows the use of motorised transport to enable rapid deployment in rural areas, including cross-country motorcycling and the process of camouflaging a car.


This training film was produced by the Kendal Home Guard for their 'Third Anniversary' and it provides rare colour footage at a time when colour film was greatly restricted.

Though this film appears to have been made for training purposes (hence the detailed shots, for example, showing the technique for crossing a ditch on a motorcycle), any member of the public seeing it would have gained a positive impression of the Home Guard's preparedness for a possible Nazi invasion.


Kendal Home Guard (ca.1943)

Kendal Home Guard (ca.1943)

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