George G. Harrap, 1st ed., 1945. 48 pp., cold., frontis., + 18 other cold., plates. D.j., 22 x 15cm. A little loss to d.j., around ends of spine ; owner’s sig., dated 2 / 45 o/w V.G. Between the early summer of 1940 and the autumn of 1944 Britain’s Home Guard valiantly guarded their nation, releasing other men onto the front line around the world. Indeed, the Home Guard was one of the essential reasons why the Germans never dared to mount their threatened invasion of Britain, although it is known that they were preparing invasion maps as late as the end of 1943. This book contains nineteen striking, full-colour illustrations by the acclaimed artist Eric Kennington. He travelled the country to make characteristic portrait studies of Home Guards, young and old, for this book.