Pupils learn drill at WW2 session

Pupils enjoyed a touch of Dad’s Army during a session on World War Two.

They were shown how to drill like the Home Guard, made famous on television by pompous Captain Manwaring and his company.

The pupils from Prep 6 group of Farlington School, Horsham, also became evacuees for the morning as they enjoyed a World War II workshop with the “History Man.” Carrying suitcases and with teddies under their arm, they wore their labels with pride for the experience.

A bed sheet in the design of a map of Europe helped the girls to understand the serious business of how the German army got around the Maginot Line and pushed the French and English troops into the port of Dunkirk and down onto the beaches. The girls tried on different uniforms and worked a baby gas mask.

They also wound up the air raid siren, put out the fire using an original stirrup pump and did other activities that brought their school curriculum to life before a visit to code centre Bletchley Park last Thursday.

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