After Dunkirk, coastal town Walmington-on-Sea's banker, Rotarian and alderman George Mainwaring, a commissioned 'veteran' without actual war experience, appoints himself commander of the local defense committee, with his bank staff, chief clerk Arthur Wilson and junior Frank Pike. They enroll town volunteers for the Local Defence Force, although mostly unfit and/or over the 55 age limit and almost no military supplies are available.
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The events take place on Tuesday May 14th 1940, as can be observed on the Swallow Bank calendar on Mainwaring's desk, and with British Secretary of State for War Anthony Eden's BBC radio announcement of the Local Defence Volunteers' formation. See more
When Cpl Jones is asking for identity card on guard duty he is in the Royal Warwickshire regiment then when he is in the hall at the petrol bomb lecture, he is in the Royal West Kent regiment. See more
[during the platoon's first parade
Do you think you're going to be long?
That rather depends on Jerry, doesn't it?