Reference HO 199/178
Title Coventry: 14/15 Nov 1940; visiting Inspector's Summary
Former Department Reference HSI: 9/123
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Bombing and Attacks on the Population
Subthemes Damage to property, Disruption to services, Casualties and injuries, Reconstruction and salvage
Document Types Reports and Surveys
Civil Defence Regions Region 9: Midlands (Birmingham HQ)
Locations Bremen, Coventry, Germany, Hamburg, London, Munich
Organisations Royal Corps of Signals, Royal Engineers, Royal Observer Corps


A file of reports relating to the air raids on Coventry between November 14 and November 15, 1940. Subjects covered in the file include damage to public buildings, public utilities, shops, factories, and private property; details of each air raid, including the types of bombs dropped; the work of rescue parties; the number of casualties; food and shelter for the homeless; the efforts of the fire services; evacuation out of Coventry; the diversion of traffic; public morale; and assistance from police, including the provision of blankets and rations. Other subjects discussed include a breakdown in communications due to the damage to services; the issue of unexploded bombs; street clearance; salvage and the demolition of buildings damaged beyond repair; reconstruction work, including provisions for construction materials; and first aid provisions. Documents in the file include police air-raid reports; German reports on the damage; and reports on the damage to other British cities.


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