Reference HO 199/404
Title Draft secret supplement to booklet 'Civil Defence in the United Kingdom'
Former Department Reference HSI: 173/13
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Military Activity and Home Defence, Bombing and Attacks on the Population
Subthemes Air Raid Precautions and Civil Defence
Document Types Reports and Surveys, Memoranda, Official Correspondence
Civil Defence Regions Nationwide
Organisations British Army, Civil Defence Service, Local Education Authorities, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, Royal Observer Corps


A file of documents relating to confidential supplements to existing sections of the civil defence handbook. Subjects covered in the file include shelter policy, including gas precautions, provisions for schools, and provisions for public amenities; research and experimentation in shelter design; the air-raid warning system, including sirens and types of warnings; concealment arrangements, including methods and points of special importance; the recruitment and service conditions of civil defence personnel, including wages and working hours; mortuary provisions for air-raid casualties; and fire prevention, including equipment and special precautions for agriculture. Other subjects discussed include post-raid services, including food supplies, furniture recovery, demolitions, debris clearance, and salvage; the operation and control of civil defence services; the functions and operation of the Home Security and Midland Region War Rooms; model civil defence organisation for a town with a population of one hundred thousand; and unexploded bomb disposal arrangements, including military responsibilities and procedures.


accommodation, administration, agricultural production, agriculture, air raids, aircraft, air-raid precautions, air-raid shelters, air-raid wardens, air-raid warnings, allowances, ambulances, amenities, bedding, blackout, bomb damage, camouflage, cereals, children, civil defence, civilian casualties, clothing, communal feeding, communications, compensation, construction, decontamination, demographics, demolition, depots, discipline, electricity, emergency procedures, employment, evacuation, factories, fats, finance, fire prevention, fire services, fires, first aid, flour, food supplies, forests, furnishings, gas, gas attacks, gas masks, harvests, healthcare, heating, industrial production, industrial workers, industry, infrastructure, intelligence, labour shortages, labour supply, lighting, meals, meat, mortuaries, motor vehicles, part-time employment, pigeons, police, public health, railways, recruitment, religious buildings, repair, rescue, roads, salvage, sanitation, schools, sewerage, storage, sugar, tea, telecommunications, telephonic communications, towns, traffic, transportation, unexploded bombs, vocational training, wages, water supply, weather, working conditions, working hours

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