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Standing down parade of 13th Battalion Home Guard, Swindon Works, 1944

Standing down parade of 13th Battalion Home Guard, Swindon Works, 1944


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Filename: 50 W8 022.jpg

Size: 2657 x 1886 (878KB)

Date: 31st January 2014

Source: STEAM Museum of the GWR

Unique Reference Number: W8 022 & HWW2-1 083

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Standing down parade of 13th Battalion Home Guard, Swindon Works, 1944

By the end of 1944 the threat of invasion from Germany became unlikely and it was decided that the Home Guard could be stood down. This image, taken on 3rd December 1944, shows the stand down parade of the 13th Battalion at Swindon Works. The Home Guard was fully disbanded on 31st December 1945

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Media ID 19929947

Swindon Works World War 2 Home Guard Volunteers


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This print captures a significant moment in history - the standing down parade of the 13th Battalion Home Guard at Swindon Works in 1944. As World War II progressed, the threat of invasion from Germany gradually diminished, leading to the decision that the Home Guard could be disbanded. On December 3rd, 1944, this image was taken to commemorate and document this historic event. In the photograph, we see a group of dedicated volunteers proudly marching through Swindon Works. These brave men were part of the 13th Battalion Home Guard, who played an essential role in defending their homeland during wartime. Their commitment and sacrifice ensured that Britain remained resilient against any potential enemy attacks. As they march with determination and unity, it is evident that these individuals have formed strong bonds throughout their service together. The sense of camaraderie is palpable as they bid farewell to their duties as protectors of their community. It is important to note that this image holds great significance beyond its visual appeal. It symbolizes a turning point in British history when peace began to emerge victorious over conflict. The disbandment of the Home Guard on December 31st, 1945 marked an end to an era characterized by resilience and unwavering dedication. Preserved within STEAM Museum's collection, this print serves as a poignant reminder of those who selflessly served their country during World War II – ordinary people turned heroes for a cause greater than themselves.

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