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Title:WARWICKSHIRE HOME GUARD TRAINING IN COVENTRY [Allocated Title]
Film Number:MGH 6900
Other titles:AMATEUR FILM BY LIEUTENANT LEONARD STANLEY NORTH [Alternative Title]
Summary: Amateur film shot by Lieutenant Leonard Stanley North, a rifle instructor associated with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment during the Second World War, shows scenes of the Coventry Home Guard parading through the city, training in a variety of military skills, as well as relaxing between duties.
Description: Members of the Coventry branch of the Warwickshire Home Guard on parade with their rifles, both on parade ground and through the streets where they are watched by members of the public. Home Guard band performing in the park. Caption identifies "Captain Cartledge OBE in full battle order". Training sequence: guard climbing a water tower with a flag, training with mortars and firing projectiles. Home Guard on the march again from their headquarters through the streets: motorcycles also seen. Routine tasks, including peeling potatoes and sweeping up afterwards. Home Guard unit poses informally for the camera (smoking cigarettes and gesturing), then form up on parade ground, stand to attention, present arms, and begin a march. (Note that one of the younger guards is not wearing a uniform.) The unit take a break, sit down and smoke cigarettes. Several of the guards, still in uniform, sit drinking outside a public house, accompanied by a woman (ATS?). Shooting range: guards practice with their rifles and sten guns, including shooting prone and using bipods. Grenade throwing practice (from behind sandbagged bunkers. Marching instructions in drill hall. Further shots of guards on cigarette break.
Production Country: GB
Production Details: North, Leonard Stanley (Production individual)