Reference HO 199/394A
Title Lessons learnt from air raids: notes by the Inspector General
Former Department Reference HSI: 156/1
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Bombing and Attacks on the Population, Military Activity and Home Defence
Subthemes Air Raid Precautions and Civil Defence, Damage to property, Casualties and injuries, Reconstruction and salvage
Document Types Memoranda, Reports and Surveys
Civil Defence Regions Nationwide, Region 5: London
Locations Belgium, Dover, Folkestone, Netherlands
Organisations Civil Defence Service, Home Guard, National Fire Service, Pioneer Corps, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, Women's Voluntary Service


A file of documents relating to the lessons learned from the organisation of the Civil Defence Services following air attacks. Subjects covered in the file include the labour supply; bomb damage repairs; evacuation from vulnerable areas; information provisions for the public; military assistance; the organisation of regional headquarters; reconnaissance; accommodation and meals for the homeless; the involvement of the local authorities; rescue parties and first aid; fire precautions; reinforcement parties; air-raid casualties and mortuary services; the issue of unexploded bombs; and provisions for service personnel. Other subjects discussed include details of the attacks, including the duration and timings of the attacks, the types of bombs and aircraft, and the damage caused; post-raid services; public morale; self-help arrangements; the work of the Women's Voluntary Services; training for civil defence personnel; and the contribution of Belgian and Dutch nationals to civil defence. Documents in the file include a bulletin concerning civil defence organisation.


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