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Sunday, June 19, 2016

State Militia

 

In WWII the National Guard was Federalized and States had no self defense force left.


 Many governors worried that in the event of natural disaster, union or civil unrest, or invasion they would have no forces under their command.


So many states formed State Militia units that were no subject to Federal activation, and would only serve their State under the Commander of their Governor.


Naturally they were ill equipped and many States asked citizen volunteers to provide weapons, and even vehicles.

4 comments:

Service Ration Distribution (Hobby) said...

Jumping jeeps! I didn't know that, Batman! Good idea for a game though. Well done.

Mike Creek said...

Apart from the Batman specific information, it's all true. States did form state militias in WWII since the National Guard was inducted into Federal service. They used them to respond to natural disasters, riots, labor unrest, race riots, and to protect against invasion- which never came. Some states still maintain a separate state militia; including California and Texas.
Bunkermeister

Service Ration Distribution (Hobby) said...

The US certainly does seem to be well endowed in the armed organs of state department. We need a licence for a toothpick in the UK. Hence the only routinely armed force outside of the actual forces and VR is the police in NI.

Mike Creek said...

We have 300 million people and 350 million firearms in this nation. We have 800,000+ police and about 2 million private security guards, many of the guards are armed.
Bunkermeister