Reference HO 199/59
Title Norwich: Area Controller's protest against lack of warning of air attack made on 9 July 1940
Former Department Reference HSI: 4/101
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Bombing and Attacks on the Population
Subthemes Damage to property, Air Raid Precautions and Civil Defence, Casualties and injuries, Public opinion and morale
Document Types Reports and Surveys, Official Correspondence
Civil Defence Regions Region 4: Eastern (Cambridge HQ)
Locations Norwich
Organisations Local Councils, Royal Army Medical Corps


A file of documents relating to air raids on Norwich and a controversy over air-raid warning policy. Subjects discussed in the file include the extent of bomb damage to municipal buildings, industrial premises, housing, water supplies, fuel supplies, and power supplies, which contributed to low public morale; the number of casualties, including workers; the distribution of warnings; the assistance provided to casualties, including the provision of ambulances, first aid, and stretchers; and the refusal of workers to return to work due to poor morale resulting from the lack of warnings, including some who terminated their employment. Other subjects covered include mortuary arrangements and the identification of bodies; the censorship of the publishing of causalities by the press; the responsibilities of wardens; the issue of maintaining the production of wartime essentials; the return of public confidence due to the sound of anti-aircraft guns rather than enemy bombs; and the issue of unexploded bombs.


administration, air raids, aircraft, air-raid precautions, air-raid shelters, air-raid wardens, air-raid warnings, ambulances, anti-aircraft defences, bomb damage, censorship, civilian casualties, coal, distribution, electricity, emergency procedures, employment, factories, fires, first aid, fuel, gas, healthcare, high-explosive bombs, hospitals, housing, incendiary bombs, industrial action, industrial areas, industrial equipment, industrial production, industrial workers, industry, infrastructure, labour supply, local authorities, military operations, mortuaries, motor vehicles, newspapers, police, printing, public health, public morale, public transport, railway stations, railways, rescue, rumours, shelter wardens, social class, The Blitz, transportation, unexploded bombs, water supply

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