own Dads Army played a leading part in helping to keep Hitler
on the run when it joined other Midlands Home Guard units in a successful
mock attack on Birmingham's south-west defences in March during
a special exercise designed to test the city's ability to keep the
enemy at bay.
the Express & Star reported the South Staffordshire Home Guard's
success in exercises around Birmingham.
and 12,000 men took part in what was described as the most ambitious
exercise ever attempted in the Midlands.
The main thrust
of the attack was against a golf course and a police station.
Home Guard moved "like ghosts" through the night equipped with buses
Umpires at the
scene commented that they had never before seen such well organised
transport plans and were impressed by the speeds of the attacks.
It was also
the first time that wireless communications had been used in a big
scale exercise involving the South Staffordshire Home Guard.
1943 and wartime hardships are put aside for a moment as the women
of Villiers Engineering in Wolverhampton pose for the camera. Bery
Davies of Upper Gornal (third left, back row) was just 19 and assembled
detonators for the war effort.
of girl with mousey hair: Away
from the war a Stourbridge inquest was confronted with gruesome
murder mystery in a wood bearing all the trademarks of a Sherlock
The jury was
told of how the skeleton of a woman with part of her dress stuffed
in the mouth was found in a hollow tree at Hagley Woods.
was discovered by two boys out bird-nesting.
It was reconstructed
from bones found in and around the tree and was said to have been
that of a woman aged about 35 with mousey hair.
She was said
to have died from asphyxia. the jury returned a verdict of murder
by some person or persons unknown.
eye witness battle report: A
Wolverhampton sailor sent home a thrilling account of the navy's
action in January against French warships full of Germans which
resisted the allies in North Africa.
mechanic Terence Leighton Squires, from Fordhouses, described the
action in a letter as "sharp but bloody while it lasted."
He wrote: "The
ships did not put up much of a fight, and we just sailed in and
let em have it. He wrote that the target ships were full of ammunition,
fuel or "Huns".
how cordite fumes pervaded his ship, adding that after the action,
there was a heavy, sweet smell everywhere - "just like a newly-dug
grave covered with wreaths."
And eight members
of one Wolverhampton family had all joined up to to play their part
in the fight against Hitler, the Express & Star reported.
They were five
sons, two son-in-laws, and an uncle.
Three of them
were in the army, one in the navy and one in the Home Guard. The
son-in-laws were in the army.
wear the trousers . . .
On the fashion front the Express & Star women's column was advising
in January on how girls could make a skirt from a pair of slacks
in view of shortages through the war.
The column suggests
unpicking all the seams and recutting the material using a four
piece skirt pattern.
A pocket would
lend added smartness to the garment, the column adds.