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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