Reference HO 199/388
Title Home Security matters: extracts from the Press
Former Department Reference HSI: 143/2
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Information Services and Propaganda, Military Activity and Home Defence
Subthemes News and information channels, Public opinion and morale, Air Raid Precautions and Civil Defence, Air raid shelters
Document Types Press Summaries and Publications
Civil Defence Regions Nationwide
Organisations Air Raid Precautions, Auxiliary Fire Service, Civil Defence Service
Article(s) from News Chronicle © Associated Newspapers/Solo Syndication.


A file of press summaries relating to wartime British society. Subjects covered in the file include air-raid precautions, including the conscription of A.R.P. workers, appeals for volunteers, and fire precautions; the use of alien internees as labour; air-raid shelters, including praise for Anderson shelters and criticism by The Daily Worker of a lack of adequate provision; the influx of French refugees; the evacuation of mothers and children; public morale; blackout offences; the co-ordination of home defence; and the issue of munitions production pausing due to air-raid warnings. Other subjects discussed include volunteers for civil defence; brick shortages; the dissatisfaction of the press concerning the government's reports on air-raid casualties; the conduct of the public during the raids; gas masks; protection against glass during air raids; assistance to air-raid victims; and public health issues, including the health of A.R.P. workers and the spread of infection in air-raid shelters.


accommodation, air raids, air-raid precautions, air-raid shelters, air-raid wardens, air-raid warnings, aliens, allowances, blackout, bomb damage, British economy, children, cities, civil defence, civilian casualties, coastal areas, conscription, construction, construction materials, Daily Mail, disease, evacuable areas, evacuation, factories, family, finance, fire services, fires, first aid, gas masks, glass, homelessness, hospitals, housing, incendiary bombs, industrial production, industrial workers, industry, infrastructure, internment, labour supply, lighting, local authorities, material shortages, meals, metals, mothers, newspapers, offences, parents, public health, public morale, railways, recruitment, refugees, sanitation, Sir John Anderson, steel, towns, transportation, villages, volunteers

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