Reference HO 199/392
Title ARP, evacuation and other wartime problems: extracts from provincial newspapers
Former Department Reference HSI: 143/7
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Information Services and Propaganda, Military Activity and Home Defence, Domestic Life
Subthemes News and information channels, Air Raid Precautions and Civil Defence, Rumours and gossip
Document Types Press Summaries and Publications
Civil Defence Regions Nationwide
Locations Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands
Organisations Auxiliary Fire Service, British Broadcasting Corporation


A file of press summaries relating to British wartime society. Subjects covered in the file include plans for air-raid precautions; issues with coal miners, including a lack of meal provisions; air-raid warnings, including the provision of sirens; the destruction caused by fires; strike action by munitions and aircraft workers; wages for workers; the use of holiday resorts; air-raid wardens, including their recruitment and problems with the authorities; the evacuation of schoolchildren; allowances for soldiers' dependants; lighting; issues with railways; and gas attack protection. Other subjects discussed include the consequences of blackouts, including crime and casualties; healthcare provisions; public morale; the provision of and issues relating to air-raid shelters; the opening hours of retail and entertainment establishments; clothing provisions; the spread of rumours; German propaganda; damage to public buildings; food shortages and rationing; labour issues, including unemployment and shortages in skilled workers; issues with aliens; and the invasion of Benelux countries by Germany.


accommodation, agriculture, aircraft, air-raid precautions, air-raid shelters, air-raid wardens, air-raid warnings, aliens, banking, beef, billeting, blackout, bomb damage, children, civil service, civilian casualties, coal, conscription, construction, cost of living, crime, dairy, dependants, drunkenness, education, employment, evacuable areas, evacuation, evacuees, family, finance, fire services, fires, food shortages, food supplies, gas masks, healthcare, hospitals, householders, housing, identity cards, industrial action, industrial areas, industrial production, industrial workers, industry, infrastructure, labour shortages, labour supply, lighting, local authorities, meals, meat, milk, miners, mining, mothers, munitions, newspapers, Occupation of the Netherlands, offences, parents, police, prices, propaganda, public health, public morale, public transport, radio, railways, rationing, reception areas, recruitment, refugees, religious buildings, roads, rumours, schools, skilled labour, suicide, threat of invasion, traffic, transportation, unemployment, volunteers, wages, working hours

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