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The show is set in the fictional seaside town of Walmington-on-Sea, on the south coast of England. The exterior scenes were mostly filmed in and around the Stanford Training Area [STANTA], near Thetford, Norfolk. Walmington, and its Home Guard platoon, would be on the front line in the event of a German invasion across the English Channel. The first series has a loose narrative thread, with Captain Mainwaring's platoon being formed and equipped, initially with wooden guns and LDV armbands, later on with full army uniforms; the platoon is part of the Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment.
The early series occasionally include darker humour, reflecting that, especially early in the war, the Home Guard was woefully under-equipped but was still willing to resist the Wehrmacht. For instance, in the episode \"The Battle of Godfrey's Cottage\", the platoon believes the enemy has invaded Britain. Mainwaring, Godfrey, Frazer and Jones (along with Godfrey's sisters, who are completely unaware of the invasion) decide to stay at the cottage to delay the German advance, buying the regular army time to arrive with reinforcements; \"It'll probably be the end of us, but we're ready for that, aren't we, men\", says Mainwaring. \"Of course\", replies Frazer.
On 14 May 1940, Secretary of State for War Anthony Eden made a broadcast calling for men between the ages of 17 and 65 to enrol in a new force, the Local Defence Volunteers (LDV). By July, nearly 1.5 million men had enrolled and the name of this people's army was changed to the more inspiring Home Guard.
The Home Guard was at first a rag-tag militia, with scarce and often make-do uniforms and weaponry. Yet it evolved into a well-equipped and well-trained army of 1.7 million men. Men of the Home Guard were not only readied for invasion, but also performed other roles including bomb disposal and manning anti-aircraft and coastal artillery. Over the course of the war 1,206 men of the Home Guard were killed on duty or died of wounds.
While waiting for the presumed invasion, the platoon does its best to prepare, resulting in many hilarious mishaps. They occasionally do some 'genuine' military work, such as guarding downed German pilots, and take part in training exercises with the regular army, where they are often surprisingly successful. The rest of the time they merely have to cope with the peculiar tense tedium involved in staying on alert for an invasion that never actually comes, as an essentially past-it, incompetent, yet brave and (mostly) willing rabble with occasionally clashing temperaments. They also have a vigorous rivalry with the neighbouring Eastgate platoon and with their obstreperous local Chief Air Raid Warden, who sometimes tries to sabotage the platoon.
The show did not have an arc, but it did have continuity. During the first season, the platoon's equipment gradually improved as the regular army provided them with surplus gear. Over the series, Jones had a romance which culminated with a marriage in the final episode.
On his return to Britain in 1938, Wintringham was acutely aware of the need for the Allies to drastically improve their military situation. Alongside writing the memoir English Captain in 1939, and authoring several documents on army strategy, his influence grew in earnest with his May 1940 pamphlet How to Reform the Army.
Walker is finally called up but Mainwaring tries to get his call up differed because of his value to the platoon but he is still ordered to go only to find out that he is allergic to the army's corned beef. 59ce067264