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Robert Naerger (deceased) Maurice Naerger
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Weymouth Dorset
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Civilian Force
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11 July 2005

It was 1940/41,builders scaffolding had been erected along the sea shore to stop the invasion. I was aged 9 my brother Bob aged 16.He had joined the local defense volunteers,forerunner to the Home Guard. No uniform just an LDV armband, although in short supply Bob had been issued with a 303 rifle and 5 cartridges. He explained to me how to load and fire it and he told me Mr Churchill said we must shoot one German soldier before we are shot ourselves. I was to wait until my brother was shot before firing myself. Had I attempted it, for certain the recoil would have broken my shoulder! Fortunately the Germans never came at least not by sea, but they sure gave us a pasting from the air.

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