'DEFENCE IN THE HOME AGAINST THE TERRORIST' [1955]

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  1. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    DEFENCE IN THE HOME AGAINST THE TERRORIST
    By BRIGADIER I. SIMSON

    Page 131 to 137:

    https://www.nzsappers.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/1955-June.pdf

    This is a great little period-read that will, no doubt, have you re-arranging your furniture, littering your bedroom with pots and pans and regularly sharpening your panga.

    Extracts for flavour:
    • "...we are all too accustomed to let Government "guard" us financially, medically, educationally, physically . . . from cradle to grave, instead of making a real effort to do these things ourselves, as past generations were accustomed to do."
    • "...defence, like charity, begins at home."
    • "The terrorist never likes a hard nut to crack."
    • "ALWAYS have your revolver fully loaded (chamber and magazine), with you wherever you go--in bathroom and lavatory as well as bedroom or sitting-room."
    • "In bed the loaded revolver or pistol is best kept under your pillow (at "safe" or uncocked) together with a hand torch. If the firearm is a rifle or gun it is probably best kept on the floor alongside." [One feels as if he has genuinely agonised over that 'probably']
    • "Practise your arrangements in each of the various rooms by getting a friend to "attack" you while seated reading, writing, or eating."
    • "Do not disbelieve the danger until the family next door is murdered."
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  2. Robert-w

    Robert-w Well-Known Member

    Some of which was obviously taken to heart by Inspector Clouseau particularly the bit about having a friend attack you in unexpected places. I rather liked some of the advertisements - particularly the Burberry Officers' Tailors one which seems to have featured Dan Dare (any other eagle eyed oldies remember Dan Dare?)
     
  3. chrisgrove

    chrisgrove Senior Member

    Oh yes, but he never seemed to get the bette rof the Mekon in the long term!
    Chris
     
  4. Robert-w

    Robert-w Well-Known Member

    You are forgetting one of the cardinal rules of super heroism- the arch villain must always have an escape route so as to be able to come back for further episodes. Super heros and arch villains need each other.Dr Who can never completely wipe out the Dalecks
     
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