As Hitler’s tank divisions roll ever closer, and planes are more active on bombing runs, the brave citizen army of the home guard has trouble in getting enough rifles. Not to mention having problems with such simple military disciplines as… well… standing at attention.
Captain Mannering reports to his commander. An important will rely on more than just having personality, but where might Mannering and his men be able to acquire the guns they need? Meanwhile, the men have fallen out on the parade ground for excursive. Will they be ready for practicing some unarmed, hand to hand combat?
As the citizen soldiers check the manual for what to do, they imagine ways to handle situations with the enemy. What if gas masks are called for? The exercise turns out to be a bit stressful for the butcher, and his daily ordeal in dealing with demanding women in his shop.
The commander returns to inspect the discipline of the men. Will he be impressed? Will the men get their prized mission? Will they ever receive the coveted rifles? Or will they be armed only with armbands as a symbol of their authority?