000394B

Reference HO 199/394B
Title Intelligence Branch weekly notes on the progress of the war: subject matter and circulation
Former Department Reference HSI: 161
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Information Services and Propaganda, Bombing and Attacks on the Population, Military Activity and Home Defence
Subthemes News and information channels, Air Raid Precautions and Civil Defence, Central and local government
Document Types Reports and Surveys, Official Correspondence
Civil Defence Regions Nationwide
Locations Algeria, Australia, Belgium, Berlin, Burma, Calcutta, China, Crete, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Dusseldorf, Egypt, France, French North Africa, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Libya, Malta, Netherlands, New Guinea, Sardinia, Sicily, Somaliland, Soviet Union, Syria, Tunisia, United States of America
Organisations Civil Defence Service, National Fire Service, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy

Description

A file of documents relating to the distribution of extracts of weekly reports from the Intelligence Branch to the Regional Commissioners of each Civil Defence Region. Subjects covered in the file include the theatres of war, including the Middle East, the Far East, the Eastern Front, and the Mediterranean; enemy weapons, including bombs and chemicals; enemy propaganda; and the results of R.A.F. raids on enemy and enemy-occupied territories, including Germany. Other subjects discussed include civil defence development abroad, including warnings, lighting, shelters, and post-raid operations; morale in enemy and enemy-occupied territories; home morale, including information from the Beveridge Report; the Battle of the Atlantic; prisoners of war; Luftwaffe tactics; and the Indian independence movement. Documents in the file include letters of receipt from Regional Commissioners; correspondence concerning the restriction of information; and further letters questioning the scale and the continuation of distribution due to doubts over the relevance of the extracts.

Keywords

administration, air raids, aircraft, air-raid precautions, air-raid shelters, air-raid warnings, anti-aircraft defences, Battle of the Atlantic, Beveridge Report, blackout, bomb damage, censorship, chemical warfare, chemicals, children, civil defence, Civil Defence Regions, civilian casualties, clothing, conscription, construction, crime, disease, distribution, emergency procedures, enemy-occupied countries, espionage, fire prevention, fire services, fires, flooding, food supplies, freight shipping, fuel, gas attacks, German armed forces, imports, incendiary bombs, industrial production, industrial workers, industry, information distribution, iron, Italian armed forces, Japanese armed forces, labour supply, lighting, local authorities, Mahatma Gandhi, metals, military operations, motor vehicles, munitions, nationalism, newspapers, oil, overseas trade, paper, petrol, police, prisoners of war, propaganda, public health, public morale, radio broadcasts, rationing, raw materials, retail, schools, steel, submarines, threat of invasion, unexploded bombs, United States armed forces, warships, water supply, working conditions, working hours, youths

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