TV: D is for... Dad’s Army By TV Cream Posted on April 14, 2009 Share Tweet Share Share Email Comments ON BBC1 FROM 1968 TO 1977 EARLY VEHICLE for CLIVE “GRANDAD” DUNN. Related Items:1968, Arthur Lowe, BBC1, Clive Dunn, Irascible foreigners, John Le Mesurier, Millions of other bloody people Share Tweet Share Share Email Recommended for you Ask Aspel Saint, The/Return of The Saint Invaders, The 7 Comments 7 Comments Damicovu June 26, 2009 at 5:38 am Come on, you can do better than that! Reply A Name on the List April 28, 2010 at 7:08 pm Just watched the last ever episode of this, it wasn’t too bad even if you could tell the elderly members of the cast were resorting to cue cards. But weirdly, it didn’t end with the Home Guard standing down, or even the end of the war, they stopped like it was any other episode except they turned to the audience and toasted the men of the HG with champagne. They knew it was the last ever, so why didn’t they make it more final? At least they didn’t have them listening for tunneling Nazis on the White Cliffs of Dover, I suppose. Reply Richard Davies October 25, 2010 at 5:52 pm In spite of DA being a regular repeat on the BBC in the last 20 odd years, I’ve never seen the last episode. Reply Glenn A March 26, 2011 at 3:51 pm My old man was in a reserved occupation in the war but did his bit by joining Dads Army at Fenham Barracks in Newcastle. He said it was a bit like the TV show as the facilities were primitive. Reply Glenn A July 22, 2017 at 6:05 pm Apparently there was an elite version of the Home Guard in rural areas of Northumberland who were supposed to stop the Nazis getting into Scotland and to carry out secret raids on Newcastle, if it was occupied. These men, who were exempt from military service as they were mostly farmers, were trained in explosives making, making secret transmitters, carrying out ambushes, lethal forms of unarmed combat, and how to resist torture. More Carve Her Name With Pride than Dad’s Army. Reply Richard16378 July 22, 2017 at 8:02 pm I’ve heard of elite home guards before, there were plans for lines of defences in case of an invasion. The idea was if the Germans invaded the government would withdraw northward if they needed to, activating a line of defence with the elite home guards manning them. The lines used natural barriers like ranges of hills & rivers with tank traps & the like at the weak points. One of my Dad’s friends is a military historian & gave a talk on the line which would have run south of Manchester. Reply Glenn A July 23, 2017 at 11:11 am Dad’s Army probably romanticised the Home Guard as a group of elderly, not very good soldiers, but there were branches of it that were more like the commandos. However, on a lighter note, Dad’s Army still makes me laugh now and it’s testament to the quality of the writing that such an old sitcom is watchable now. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.