Reference HO 192/1203
Title Wolsely Motors Ltd: special investigation following raids from 1 Nov 1940 to 30 Apr 1941
Former Department Reference RE/B38 26/24
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 Wolseley Motors Ltd. during the air raids in Birmingham. Subjects discussed in the file include damage to the factory caused by fires due to enemy action; the provision of fire personnel and firefighting appliances following the incident; a general description of the works, including constructional details; and the nature and the effects of the raids. The synopses of the raids cover air-raid warnings; anti-aircraft action; the work of spotters; the bombs dropped; damage to shelters; the stoppage and resumption of work; mealtimes; factory closures; and repair work in the aftermath of the raids. Other subjects discussed include the damage to machine tools, munitions production, and utilities; the medical situation of the factory, including the provision of medical services and the impact of casualties on the workers; the loss of production and working time; the turnover of workers; and the gender demographics of the workforce.


administration, air raids, aircraft, air-raid precautions, air-raid shelters, air-raid warnings, amenities, anti-aircraft defences, blackout, bomb damage, civil defence, civil defence equipment, civilian casualties, communal feeding, communications, compensation, construction, construction materials, disease, electricity, engineering, factories, family, female labour, fire prevention, fire services, fires, gas, healthcare, high-explosive bombs, incendiary bombs, industrial areas, industrial equipment, industrial production, industrial workers, industry, infrastructure, labour supply, local authorities, meals, munitions, munitions industry, office workers, public health, repair, rescue, reserve stocks, sabotage, salvage, sanitation, sewerage, telephonic communications, transportation, wages, water supply, welfare, working conditions, working hours

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