Reference HO 192/1240
Title Effect of morale on industrial capacity
Former Department Reference RE/B38 26/66
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Bombing and Attacks on the Population, Industry and Infrastructure
Subthemes Disruption to services, Manufacturing and materials, Psychological impacts, Labour supply and relations, Rumours and gossip
Document Types Reports and Surveys, Maps, Charts, and Diagrams, Statistical Data, Official Correspondence
Civil Defence Regions Region 9: Midlands (Birmingham HQ)
Locations Birmingham, Derby, Luton, Oldbury, Smethwick, West Bromwich
Organisations British Broadcasting Corporation, Royal Air Force


A file containing documents on the psychological impact of air raids on employees in factories in Birmingham and the surrounding area. Documents in the file include reports on various aspects of the subject; correspondence on the collection of data and the involvement of the psychologist D.W. Harding in the project; statistical data and graphs on themes such as employment and accidents; and copies of letters relating to industrial absenteeism, including a copy of a doctor's note. Topics covered in the documents include labour wastage in factories; the relationship of air raids to rates of absenteeism, sickness, and accidents; and the effect of air raids on working hours. Other topics discussed include the effect on enemy industrial production of the spreading of rumours and propaganda about R.A.F. air raids; data on prescriptions taken out by workers; and statistics on the firing, resignation, and suspension of employees, with details of the reasons given in each case.


absenteeism, air raids, air-raid precautions, air-raid shelters, air-raid wardens, air-raid warnings, blackout, bomb damage, civilian casualties, disease, doctors, drivers, drunkenness, employment, factories, female labour, finance, German nationals, healthcare, high-explosive bombs, hospitals, housing, industrial accidents, industrial production, industrial workers, industry, infrastructure, insurance, maternity, motor vehicles, propaganda, psychology, public morale, public transport, rumours, statistics, transportation, wages, welfare, working hours

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