Home Guard history book launched

Exmouth took a step back in time for the launch of a new book on the Home Guard.

Arthur Cook launched his book An Illustrated History of the Home Guard with a book signing at Sleemans outfitters.

He was joined at the launch by members of Blitz and Peaces, his wartime music act, dressed in period costume.

The book combines interviews and testimony taken from surviving members of the Home Guard with carefully restored period photographs and modern studio photographs, taken by John Dyer, of period uniforms and equipment.

Among the Home Guard members interviewed for the book were former Journal editor Bill Gorfin, and the late Bill Sleeman.

Arthur said: “The book signing went really well – hopefully this will encourage other people to write historical books too.”

The book is available from www.blitzandpeaces.co.uk, and costs �19.99 plus postage and packaging.