Def home guard. First pic patch shows home guard but as men are younger I'd guess those were guys deemed unfit for service in regular for es so were given Home Guard.
Second pic definitely older guys.
Love the second pic with the guys nose touching the back of the pilot.
With reference to your post "but as men are younger I'd guess those were guys deemed unfit for service in regular forces so were given Home Guard", I'd like to draw your attention to something I recently read, which prior to reading, I had the same perception of the Home Guard myself.
By chance during an internet search, I came across a PhD thesis wrote by a British Army Veteran Dale Clarke, titled “Arming the British Home Guard, 1940-1944”.
In this he points out, it is a misconception that the home guard was made up entirely of elderly men and younger men not fit for service, which he points out is due to the post war film and TV industry’s ‘perception’ of the Home guard portrayed in the classic 1970’s British TV comedy series Dads Army.. Dale Clarke states "In the public mind Dad’s Army was the Home Guard, and the Home Guard was Dad’s Army. More than that, Dad’s Army is seen to represent the armed aspect of the Home Front”. He does points out though that, “Indeed, entire demographic groups are omitted – specifically, female auxiliaries, men of military age in reserved occupations, and the political (left-wing) element that was so influential during the earlier part of the Home Guard’s existence”
In his thesis he also mentions the Thompson gun, although repeating the story that half of the Thompsons sent to Britain were lost to U-Boat attacks crossing the Atlantic, a subject Tom Davis dispels with facts in his book “Great Britain - The Tommy Gun Story”.
“Given the desperate imperative to provide submachine guns to the British army, and the fact that half the guns ended up at the bottom of the Atlantic, that any were issued to the Home Guard must be taken as evidence of the importance of the Home Guard as a military force – to share such a scarce resource in desperate circumstances, cannot easily be dismissed as ‘tokenism’. Indeed once sufficient supplies of the mass-produced Sten ‘machine carbine’ were available in 1943, all Thompsons were withdrawn from the Home Guard and issued to regular units”.
If interested, you can access Dale Clarkes thesis, free of charge on:
https://dspace.lib.c...64/1/Clarke D M
or buy a copy, it is now published as a book:
I enjoyed reading the thesis myself, which is well researched.
Edited by rpbcps, 08 March 2019 - 07:57 AM.