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Civil Defence

  • Henry Madgwick
  • Interview by: Ewan Burnett


When Churchill made the call,

it was just before the battle for Britain,

three million men ages 16 through 65 volunteered

for the local defense forces.

And of course we knew our country pretty well in that area.

And so we were given to being with

six to eight foot lengths of one inch pipe

with a bayonet welded into the front

kind of like a pike.

And that's just about all we had

for many months and then we got some American arms,

the old long tom rifles that we were issued.

And then finally we got some tommy guns

and I was issued a tommy gun but only one clip

with five bullets in it and I had to be sure

to kill one before he killed me

and that was the order of the day.

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