For obvious reasons the Ministry of Food was one of the most important Government departments in a rationed wartime Britain. The Ministry was evacuated to Colwyn Bay in North Wales to escape the Blitz on London and its staff the ‘bureaucrats in battledress’ of this book’s title, formed the 11th Denbighshire Battalion of the Home Guard, guarding a strip of the North Wales coast that would have been vital had the Germans invaded Ireland a very real possibility. This well-illustrated unit history tells the full story of this unusual Home Guard battalion who, not being native to Wales, were the nearest counterpart in the Home Guard to a unit on foreign service.
BUREAUCRATS IN BATTLEDRESS A History of the Ministry of Food Home Guard
Unit history of perhaps the most unusual of the Home Guard’s 1,000 battalions. The ‘bureaucrats in battledress’ were the staff of the vital Ministry of Food – evacuated to North Wales from Whitehall because of the Blitz, they became the 11th Denbighshire battalion, though none came from the local area.