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Continuing my Wartime Weekend series….For details check out the theme.

As the event was set in 1943 during WWII, of course we need some soldiers. These chaps were Home Guard, straight out of Dad’s Army. The Home Guard was made up of men too old to be conscripted, and younger men working in reserved occupations. That is workers who were needed at home for the war effort eg. miners and farmers. It was a joke at the time that they were ready to defend their country using pitchforks. Obviously soldiers at the front had first call on modern weapons.

“A train has just arrived and Corporal Jones is supervising the unloading of a few rifles and boxes of ammunition. He is very nervous, as last night had been spent in the air-raid shelter during a noisy and prolonged air raid. He wants to get the job finished before another air raid; this time they might succeed in bombing the station. He would have loved to have been at the front but he had been too young for WWI and too old for WWII. He is proud to be in the Home Guard and is determined to do what he can if called upon, and these few weapons are still not enough. He needs to get them to a place of safety as soon as possible…..”

Sorry… my imagination again.

I tried to get a shot of the unloading, but there were far too many people about. The corporal (in the centre) stood with his gun at the ready, as the boxes were unloaded. It was quite funny how seriously he was taking it, telling people to get out of the way, and telling his men to hurry up. In reality these items would have been very precious, scarce resources.

As with all this series I have converted to sepia for a feel of the times. There is slight motion blur here and there, because of the poor lighting conditions needing such a slow shutter speed. This time I had to crop and clone to eliminate people obviously not from 1943. I include the full original colour version in the WS for your comparison.

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