000045

Reference HO 199/45
Title Hull and East Riding Information Committee: observations on working of post-raid organisations following air attack 18 July 1941
Former Department Reference HSI: 2/116
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Bombing and Attacks on the Population
Subthemes Damage to property, Psychological impacts, Casualties and injuries, Public opinion and morale
Document Types Reports and Surveys
Civil Defence Regions Region 2: North Eastern (Leeds HQ)
Locations Kingston upon Hull
Organisations Information Committee

Description

A file of documents relating to the effects of a German air raid on Hull on July 18, 1941. Subjects discussed in the file include the destruction of industrial premises, factories, and housing; the negligible psychological impact on the residents of Hull as suggested by the lack of discussion of the attack despite the severe damage; the low morale of the residents of East Hull, including fears for the loss of employment; the positive public reception of the work of the Rescue Squads; and assistance rendered by volunteers. Other subjects covered include the public's appreciation of the mobile canteens; criticism of the state of defences; the evacuation of residents; the handling of fatalities, including issues in the identification of bodies and their transferral to mortuaries; the clearing of the debris of damaged houses; the spreading of rumours; and the steady improvement of public morale following the initial shock of the attack.

Keywords

air raids, bomb damage, civilian casualties, communal feeding, emergency procedures, employment, evacuation, factories, family, high-explosive bombs, housing, incendiary bombs, industrial areas, industry, local authorities, meals, mortuaries, propaganda, public morale, public opinion, rescue, rumours, The Blitz, transportation, unemployment, unexploded bombs, volunteers

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