Reference HO 192/1187
Title Production
Former Department Reference RE/B38 26/6 (Pt I & II)
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Bombing and Attacks on the Population, Industry and Infrastructure
Subthemes Manufacturing and materials, Labour supply and relations, Damage to property, Disruption to services
Document Types Reports and Surveys, Statistical Data, Maps, Charts, and Diagrams
Civil Defence Regions Region 9: Midlands (Birmingham HQ)
Locations Birmingham


A file of documents relating to the effect of air raids on industrial production in Birmingham. Subjects discussed in the file include the damage caused to factories and the varying degrees of damage at different locations; losses in production and the impact on production efficiency; and the numbers of workers employed in the war industries, with details of night-workers, government contractors, and the distribution of male and female labour. Other subjects discussed include the impact of the bombings on workers, including homelessness, injury, absenteeism, lateness, and the loss of working time; details of the bombing incidents, including the dropping of high-explosive and incendiary bombs; the industrial consumption of water, gas, and electricity; and the working of double and triple shift hours in the engineering and munitions industries to make up losses. Documents in the file include reports on the effect of air raids on industry; and tables of statistics on industrial output.


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