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Dad's Army

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Dad's Army

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Dad's Army

Walmington-on-Sea, if it existed, would be just along the coast from Eastbourne. In May 1940 this would have been a prime place for the Germans to invade England, just a quick hop across the English Channel from what was to be Occupied France. In the opening episode of this hilarious sitcom, George Mainwaring hears Eden’s call to arms for civilians on the radio and immediately springs into action. The Local Defence Volunteers (later the Home Guard) were known at the time as “Dad’s Army”, a motley collection of men unable to enlist for active service in the armed forces. They are true amateurs, motivated entirely by the love of their country and the desire to do their duty, no matter how shambolic they may be in the execution of their plans. Dad’s Army is not just a broad comedy that showcases the best of English writing and performing talent from the 1960s and 70s, but an affectionate tribute to the dedicated men of whom George VI said: "History will say that your share in the greatest of all our struggles for freedom was a vitally important one."

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Your comments

It sums up the binding spirit of comeradeship and citizenship of the English.

Martin Wilson

I am 17 and grew up with the repeats of it, but I found the older members of the family laughing, and my younger sister, it has comedy that all generations love and find funny. I loved the part in a documentary were Pamela Cundell (Mrs Fox), Talks about how this child said he liked dads army because it was funny and not rude. It means England to me because its true to life (some characters are based on real people and real experiences), So it combines the best of English History, English Humour, and English Spirit/Comradeship in the hour of need.
Alex Skerritt



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