Our view of civilian defences during the Second World War tends to come from Dad's Army - old men armed with pitchforks - but the reality was very different. The length of Britain, highly trained, highly secret groups of civilians were prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice in defence of our country should a German invasion succeed. This is the story of these remarkable would-be resistance fighters in East Devon.
Andrew Chatterton is a Second World War historian who focuses on the secret layers of civilian defence in Britain. His book: Britain's Secret Defences: Civilian Saboteurs, Spies and Assassins was published in July and he was a popular speaker at our recent Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival.
His talk, and all our Coffee Time Talks, will take place in the Peter Hall, Budleigh Salterton at 11am, with refreshments served from 10.30am. All are welcome. £3 for Friends of Fairlynch and £5 for visitors.
Please note: new regulations mean there is much reduced parking at the church.
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