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Home Guard on Manoeuvres

Local topical film filmed in Aberdeen around 1942

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This film depicts volunteers from the Home Guard training in preparation for the possible invasion of Scotland. Shots include the Home Guard on parade in a barracks yard and then on manoeuvres. Target practice, a mock battle, bayonet charge, air raid, camouflage, hand to hand fighting and finally relaxing.

Questions & Activities


  • Who was in the Home Guard and what was its purpose?
  • What situations were they practicing for in the Aberdeen area?
  • Were they planning for air attack or ground?
  • Where were they expecting the threat to come from?
  • Where were men from Aberdeen serving?
  • Where were the Highland regiments serving during the Second World War.
  • Can you identify the different weapons depicted in the film.


Add narration to the film that describes the activities on the manoeuvres, or choose appropriate music to accompany the action.

Discuss why manoeuvres are so important for preparing people for battle.

Research what was happening in Europe during the War in 1942.

This is obviously a serious matter. Discuss why this film might appear to us today to be comical? Compare and contrast with the TV series 'Dad's Army'.

Have you ever had to prepare for something you've never experienced? Write or storyboard an account of how you might go about this, or interview one another.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-081-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 0524
Date 1942 (circa)
Genre Local Topical
School Subject Geography, English, Media Studies
Subject Matter World War 2, Home Front
Who Ernest Bromberg (filmmaker), Newscine, Aberdeen (cinema)
Where Aberdeen
Event World War II
Attributes Black and White, Silent
Clip Length 3:00
Film Length 03:00