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Very wrong, Michael Foot was a member of the Auxiliary Services during WW2, see links below:

Michael Foot - Wikipedia
Auxiliary Units - Wikipedia

He was part of the 'Stay behind' units that were tasked to carry out guerrilla actions against invading German forces, effectively a suicide mission as they had a life expectancy of two to three days at best. Michael Foot may have been a socialist, but he was not a coward and the only reason he was not taken into the Forces despite volunteering was he had chronic asthma.
Genuine question this, but if he had chronic asthma, he wouldn't have made it into the LDV , would he? IIRC those squads were recruited from the LDV .
 
One of the most disgraceful chapters in New Zealand history was the Wellington Dock Strike (1942). The First Marine Division was given the assignment of taking Guadacanal in the Solomons from the Japanese.
The 1st Division's men and equipment was scattered all over the Pacific. Much of the Division and support units were either in New Zealand or in the way to New Zealand.
Loading the Division's equipment for the assault force was tremendously complicated by the Wellington dock workers strike. The workers had gone on strike before the orders came in, but they refused to come back in to assist the American Marines who were preparing to fight for New Zealand.
The Marines had to do all the loading themselves, including the vital reconfiguration from administrative to combat assault. What resulted was 11 days of dockside mayhem (July 1942).
The Marines cursed the dockworkers. Rain destroyed cardboard packaging. One naval officer recalls walking through 100 yards of sodden corn flakes. Food and ammunition supplies were reduced. [Birkitt, p. 21.] The 89 ships carrying the 1st Division finally departed Wellington (July 22).
The Marines landed (August 7). Thankfully, the Japanese did not believe the American forces were capable of an offensive action. There were no Japanese combat units on the island. The Marines landed unopposed. Korean workers fled into the jungle. The mayhem at Wellington, however, would affect what the Marines were able to load and what they were able to unload on the beaches before Japanese naval and air forces began to target the Marine bridgehead.
 
Was he a protege of Tom Wintringham and (fellow travellers) initiative?
Oh him, I've no Idea, but it's funny that that aspect is less covered by left biased press. After all it wouldn't do for Corbyn to have to defend that we were more frightened of Communism than than Nazism or the PCness that goes with it. Of course the left are humongously happy with the fact that Churchill "could do business with Stalin". It papers over the way the Russians treated us and the fact that their "Great Patriotic war, couldn't have been fought without our help. 1936 is for me a seminal year in our history because one could say "Ilea Iacta est" so many times that year.
I caught something on U tube the other night which could probably be another thread- namely the attempted assassination of Edward VIII and the curious fact that that the "would be Assassin", got away with a Firearms attempt. It could be argued that the defeat of Churchill in 1945 was "engineered"rather than purely the populace being sick of war. They had to put up with Austerity well into his next Premiereship-rather like modern times really.

Desperate times, a bit more flexible on standards?
Perhaps, after all, you couldn't be deferred for purely mental problems unless they were really serious.
 
Jaeger,

Wikipedia now has a more robust policy in ensuring accuracy of articles. so if you know different to what the links say, do tell.

And the recruitment criteria for the LDV was somewhat flexible, as my Grandad served in the Worcestershire LDV, and he had asthma as a consequence of a gas attack in WW1.
 
Jaeger,

Wikipedia now has a more robust policy in ensuring accuracy of articles. so if you know different to what the links say, do tell.

And the recruitment criteria for the LDV was somewhat flexible, as my Grandad served in the Worcestershire LDV, and he had asthma as a consequence of a gas attack in WW1.
As did mine - shot through the throat, then gassed through the 'ole and still managed to be fit enough to be a Home Guard CSM.
 
Jaeger,

Wikipedia now has a more robust policy in ensuring accuracy of articles. so if you know different to what the links say, do tell.

And the recruitment criteria for the LDV was somewhat flexible, as my Grandad served in the Worcestershire LDV, and he had asthma as a consequence of a gas attack in WW1.
God you Brits had it easy then. Mine was gassed at Verdun back in the front line involuntarily in Russia in the second lot then got wounded again before they sent him home.
 
Jaeger,

Wikipedia now has a more robust policy in ensuring accuracy of articles. so if you know different to what the links say, do tell.

And the recruitment criteria for the LDV was somewhat flexible, as my Grandad served in the Worcestershire LDV, and he had asthma as a consequence of a gas attack in WW1.
As did mine - shot thr
ough the throat, then gassed through the 'ole and still managed to be fit enough to be a Home Guard CSM.
You are confusing The LDV/Home Guard for Aux units. The Aux units used the Home guard as cover but a different operation, Aux guys went on to serve in the commandos.
With severe asthma and his occupation and background I can not see Foot being anywhere near a Aux unit.
Taken from the wilki link.
It was suggested in 2011 that he became a member of the secret Auxiliary Units.[18]
Click that link 18, it makes NO MENTION of this.
 
Yes mate, I was replying to Powerbroker, re LDVs. My old cub leader had been a teenaged Auxiliary in Pembrokeshire before being called up to serve in the Royal Signals.
 
I bet he had more purple hearts than a quality street box
if only- He only ever got an EK2 from the first lot [ I've still got that] , nothing from the second,that I know of. He was a Master Butcher and Master Baker and the last thing he was- was a soldier.

Edited to add, most reneactors would never want to pretend to be him, but he was probably the more accurate model.
 

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