We are pleased to announce we have added the complete list of over 40,000 records of Officers of the Home Guard, also fondly known as Dad's Army. Most Home Guard records are kept in the form of enrolment forms, recommendations for awards and cabinet papers by the Ministry of Defence and other institutions. Forces War Records is the only site to hold these records in digitised transcribed format, making the entire list of Officers of the Home Guard easy to search. The Home Guard was operational from 1940 to 1944, and was set up by the British Army during the Second World War. The nickname "Dad’s Army" was due to the average age of the local volunteers who signed up for The Home Guard, who were ineligible for military service, usually because of their age. Originally called “Local Defence Volunteers” or LDV, the Home Guard’s role was to defend British coastal areas, airfields, factories and explosives stores in the case of invasion by German forces and their allies.