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The Dad's Army sitcom created an enduring myth of the Home Guard as a bumbling army of misfits. But this three-part series reveals the deadly seriousness behind Britain's wartime defence force...

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The Dad's Army sitcom created an enduring myth of the Home Guard as a bumbling army of misfits. But this three-part series reveals the deadly seriousness behind Britain's wartime defence force...

Series 1 Summary

Using witness testimony, archive and archaeological evidence, this three-part series reveals the untold story of the preparations to defend WWII Britain.

  • The Real Dad's Army

    Episode 1

    Using witness testimony, archive and archaeological evidence, this three-part series reveals the untold story of the preparations to defend WWII Britain.

  • Three ex-Home Guards on 'parade'

    Episode 2

    Archaeologist Francis Pryor explores the secret sites and the hidden network of WWII bunkers that riddle Britain and meets the men who built and manned these vast fortifications.

  • Ex-Home Guard member with rifle

    Episode 3

    The final film of the series examines Britain's secret resistance army, codenamed the Auxiliary Units. Effectively a suicide squad, no one was expected to survive beyond two weeks.

The Real Dad's Army synopsis

The Dad's Army sitcom created an enduring myth of the Home Guard as a bumbling army of misfits. But this three-part series reveals the deadly seriousness behind Britain's wartime defence force...

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