Reference HO 199/137
Title Plymouth: account by Admiralty and visiting Inspector of damage following raids on 20 to 22 Mar 1941
Former Department Reference HSI: 7/110
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Bombing and Attacks on the Population, Military Activity and Home Defence
Subthemes Damage to property, Public opinion and morale, Air Raid Precautions and Civil Defence, Casualties and injuries
Document Types Reports and Surveys, Official Correspondence, Film and Broadcast Transcripts
Civil Defence Regions Region 7: South Western (Bristol HQ)
Locations Germany, Plymouth
Organisations Admiralty, Boy Scouts Association, British Army, British Broadcasting Corporation, General Post Office, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, Women's Royal Naval Service


A file of documents relating to enemy air raids on Plymouth. Subjects discussed in the file include the damage to public and military buildings, factories, warships, dockyards, and public utilities; the assistance provided to the civil authorities, including blankets, accommodation, street clearance, and demolitions; and the number of military and civilian casualties, including the killed and injured. Other subjects covered include the bravery of firefighters; arrangements for air-raid shelters; the delivery of emergency food provisions; public morale; the need for evacuation; and the fatigue of the population. Documents in the file include reports on the enemy attacks, including the numbers of aircraft, bombs dropped, and the types of bombs; reports on military defence activity, including the use of anti-aircraft weapons; and extracts from German propaganda broadcasts claiming that air raids caused severe damage, the banning of visitors, the destruction of food stocks, mass evacuation, and power supply cuts.


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