The Story of the Ulster Home Guard

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Details

Location

Various

Year

1944

Source

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

Format

film

black and white

Length

14min 52sec

Silent

sound

Courtesy

Deputy Keeper of the Records, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

Rights Holder

Crown copyright

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Description

Army information film showing the work of the Ulster Home Guard - a civilian army who supported the work of the regular army during World War Two.

Notes

In three months in 1940, 26,000 men joined the Ulster Home Guard. The Fire Service tripled in strength, and there were 13,000 Air Raid Wardens and 19,000 members of the Womens’ Voluntary Service. Made with the full co-operation of the RUC, The Story of The Ulster Home Guard somewhat ignores the organisation's controversial history, preferring to offer a straightforward celebration of the force's activities. The film was shot after the stand down of the Guard and therefore consists primarily of reconstructions. The film seeks to stress the Guard's shared participation in the British war effort.

Shot List

Pan across Northern Ireland landscape. Commentary states that Britain could not have been defended from its enemies during World War Two without the crucial work of the Ulster Home Guard in Northern Ireland. 00.47 Text of tribute by Winston Churchill to the Ulster Home Guard. 01.06 While commentary describes the events that led to World War Two, recurring shots of waves crashing on Giant's Causeway and newspaper headlines throughout the war. 02.17 A call for volunteers - men and women volunteering. Recruitment, training, and instruction. 03.31 Home Guard guarding factories. 03.54 Checking traffic, roadblocks. 04.19 Sentries guarding coastline. 04.50 Lewis gun training and practice. 05.10 Grenade practice. 05.50 Mortar practice. 06.25 Field firing and outdoor training with live ammunition. 07.40 Wire and signal practice - sending pigeon messages. 08.40 Live practice with missiles. 09.17 Manning missiles during enemy raid. 09.46 Anti-tank field gun practice. 10.28 Ambush exercises. 12.27 A shot of ordinary citizens walking on the street dissolves to marching Home Guard. 12.56 Commentary states that the Home Guard were put into reserve on 3rd Decemeber, 1944. Followed by ceremonial parades in Belfast and Hyde park, London, where the King took the salute. Finishes with shot of Ulster Contingent of the Home Guard marching through Hyde Park (14.52).