Reference HO 199/180
Title Coventry: summary of effects of air raids from 8 to 11 Apr 1941
Former Department Reference HSI: 9/126
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 Coventry, Worcester
Organisations British Army, Emergency Repairs and Co-ordination Committee, Ministry of Information, Ministry of Pensions


A file of reports relating to the air raids on Coventry between April 8 and April 11, 1941. Subjects covered in the file include the details of the air raids, including the type of bombs used and the number of aircraft involved; the damage to buildings and public utilities, including hospitals, factories, housing, public buildings, roads, bus transportation, communications, sewers, the gas and water supplies, and the office of the Ministry of Pensions; the number of casualties, including police and wardens; the number of fires; and the bombing of airfields. Other subjects discussed include public morale; the work of the casualty services, rescue parties, fire services, police, and wardens; the impact on industrial production; the salvage of food and medical supplies; labour for reconstruction work; the evacuation of children; crime, including looting; emergency loudspeaker announcements by the Ministry of Information; and accommodation shortages for the homeless, medical patients, and reconstruction workers.


accommodation, air raids, aircraft, airfields, air-raid precautions, air-raid wardens, allowances, ambulances, banking, billeting, bomb damage, buses, cereals, children, civilian casualties, communal feeding, communications, compensation, construction, crime, dairy, demolition, emergency procedures, employment, evacuation, factories, family, finance, fire prevention, fire services, fires, first aid, flour, food preparation, food supplies, fuel, furnishings, gas, healthcare, high-explosive bombs, homelessness, hospitals, housing, housing shortages, incendiary bombs, industrial production, industry, infrastructure, labour shortages, labour supply, local authorities, looting, meals, medical supplies, military operations, milk, mothers, motor vehicles, municipal buildings, parents, pensions, petrol, police, priority classes, propaganda, public health, public morale, public transport, railways, rationing, repair, rescue, retail, roads, salvage, schools, skilled labour, surveys, The Blitz, traffic, transportation, unexploded bombs, water supply

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