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platoon to demonstrate an ambush on lorry-borne infantry to the officers of the Battalion. We get to work selecting sites, preparing the scheme and, finally practising. Each man has his job in a co-ordinated plan to hit hard and run like hell. A spinney borders conveniently on to an important road and forms the site for the first ambush. Three men under an N.C.O. are placed ahead of the ambush with a steel wire rope 3ft. 6in. high across the road to deal with m/c scouts. One N.C.O. starts the "party" with a shotgun firing at point blank range at the driver of the leading truck. Simultaneously six bombers throw two 36 M. grenades followed by two S.I.P. incendiaries each and get instantly off their mark through the wood, which they know like the backs of their hands. Riflemen and L.M.G. cover their retreat and one man sets off smoke bombs to obscure vision. The whole thing is over in twelve seconds. Thirty seconds later a second section across the road fire five rounds rapid into the now confused enemy and beat a hasty retreat. Trip wires are everywhere in the most effective places and everything is done to hinder the enemy. A repeat performance is given on the way back on a new site, this time using tear-gas bombs to delay pursuit.

The biggest difficulty in preparation is the provision of noise. It would have been far easier to do the thing in action with .300 ball, 36 M. grenades and S.I.P's. from our platoon operational stocks but by improvisation with thunderflashes, and water-bags for S.I.P's., and "acquiring" .300 blanks we manage to put up a show. The demonstration is successful and convinces us all of the slaughter which can be effected from such a concerted and surprise attack. There are no major incidents apart from those planned, except that the smoke bombs get wet and fail to work, one officer gets a blank charge in his face, and the gas cloud (due to a contrary wind) floats through the prize Jersey herd to the door of the church, where the congregation are trying to catch the words of the Sunday morning sermon through the tumult outside. We are later called upon to stage a repeat show to officers of Sector and Zone.

More weapons are coming in, the spigot mortar, Northover, E.Y. rifles, and new varieties of bombs. We welcome the receipt of weapons which will kill a tank and feel happier than with the previous method involving the somewhat hazardous procedure of prizing off their tracks with rail, bar or stake.

We train two detachments for the Spigot Mortar, involving many extra parades, and find three months later the greatest difficulty in making up one detachment due to losses to the Services etc. Our Bombing Sergeant takes in hand the training on new bombs 69, 68, 73, 74 and, later, the 75, also E.Y. rifle, and we find how confusing it all is to spare-time soldiers to remember even the vital points in the now too numerous weapons. We continue with basic training refreshers, receive lectures and instruction on five types of land mines and on laying a minefield, on




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