Reference HO 199/399
Title Civil Defence in the United Kingdom': booklet
Former Department Reference HSI: 173/2 (Pt II)
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Military Activity and Home Defence, Information Services and Propaganda
Subthemes Air Raid Precautions and Civil Defence, Central and local government, Publicity campaigns and initiatives
Document Types Reports and Surveys, Memoranda
Civil Defence Regions Nationwide
Locations Germany, Norway, Switzerland
Organisations Civil Defence Reserve, Civil Defence Service, National Fire Service


A file of documents relating to the organisation of civil defence in the United Kingdom, providing a comparison between British and German civil defence organisation. Subjects covered in the file include the distribution of training texts and departmental circulars; information for industry, the public, and fire guards regarding air raids; censorship of the press; intelligence gathering; post-war civil defence abroad; the history of civil defence in the U.K.; fire service provision and warning systems; and air-raid shelter provisions. Other subjects covered include the nationalisation of services, including firefighting and canteens; provisions for civil defence personnel, including their recruitment, wages, accommodation, conditions of work, and promotions; the Civil Defence Reserves and reinforcement requirements; the duties of aliens; the evacuation of government departments, including provisions for staff such as accommodation and recreation activities; and a pamphlet promoting the recruitment of volunteers for National Service.


accommodation, administration, air raids, air-raid precautions, air-raid shelters, air-raid wardens, air-raid warnings, aliens, allowances, ambulances, amenities, Austrian nationals, billeting, blackout, bomb damage, books, business, censorship, civil defence, Civil Defence Regions, clothing, communal feeding, communications, conscription, dependants, distribution, employment, espionage, evacuable areas, evacuation, family, finance, fire prevention, fire services, fires, first aid, flying bombs, food supplies, French nationals, gas, gas attacks, gas masks, German home front, German nationals, healthcare, householders, industry, information distribution, infrastructure, labour supply, lighting, local authorities, metals, motor vehicles, nationalisation, newspapers, part-time employment, police, posters, public health, publicity, publishing, radio, radio broadcasts, reconnaissance, recreation, recruitment, rescue, roads, steel, telegraphic communications, telephonic communications, traffic, transportation, vocational training, volunteers, wages, water supply, welfare, working conditions

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