The real dads army three part channel 4 documentary looking at the role of the home guard during world war 2 interviews with veterans including renowned mp tony benn. Norman longmates book cuts through the sentimental view of britains home guard as presented in the famous television series dads army and presents a portrait of an organization in which enthusiasm mattered more than anything else. The cast of dads army in 1970 photograph douglas miller getty images there was a distinctly egalitarian streak in the home guard which generally escaped the rank consciousness that was so rife in the army. The real dads army has 13 ratings and 2 reviews lynne said packed with evocative illustrations this captures the reality of would be captain mainwari. The home guard was set up in may 1940 as britains last line of defence against german invasion members of this dads army were usually men above or below the age of conscription and those unfit or ineligible for front line military service on 14 may 1940 secretary of state for war anthony
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