Reference HO 199/103
Title Metropolitan Police North East District: summary on conditions following air raids
Former Department Reference HSI: 5/107
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Military Activity and Home Defence, Bombing and Attacks on the Population
Subthemes Air Raid Precautions and Civil Defence, Public opinion and morale, Disruption to services, Damage to property
Document Types Reports and Surveys, Official Correspondence
Civil Defence Regions Region 5: London
Locations London
Organisations Air Raid Precautions, Home Guard, Local Councils, Metropolitan Police


A file of documents relating to the results of civil defence measures in the North-Eastern District of the Metropolitan Police District of London after an air raid. Subjects covered in the file include the extent of the bomb damage; the conduct of the public; public morale; poor living conditions in public shelters due to overcrowding; provisions for the newly homeless, including food and billeting provisions; the effectiveness of the A.R.P. services; the impact on pedestrian and motor traffic, including tunnels; and the military targets of the enemy and the success of decoys. Other subjects discussed include issues with the watching system in factories, including the need to be prepared for casualties; the failure to obscure lights in buildings; the use of police car sirens as warnings; the cooperation of the police with A.R.P. services; the evacuation of residents, including children; communal cooking; the closure of shops; and growing unemployment due to damaged factories.


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