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Winston Churchill, who created the Home Guard, weilding a Thompson machine gun.<br />
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A new book about the overzealous, trigger-happy capers of the Home Guard reveals just how close to reality the much-loved TV sitcom Dad's Army really was.<br />
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Author Norman Longmate has compiled some of the most farcical tales of life in the wartime volunteer service, including a hedgehog mistaken for a paratrooper and a private who melted his boots.<br />
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The book, The Real Dad's Army, is being published as the popular comedy series gets a big screen reboot with star names including Bill Nighy, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Gambon.