Reference HO 199/415
Title Region No 4: May 1942 to January 1943
Former Department Reference HSI: 200/4
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, Invasion contingencies, Civilian-military interactions, Reconstruction and salvage
Document Types Reports and Surveys
Civil Defence Regions Region 4: Eastern (Cambridge HQ)
Locations Bedford, Letchworth, Luton, Norwich, Watford
Organisations Civil Defence Service, Home Guard, National Fire Service


A file of monthly progress reports from the Eastern Civil Defence Region. Subjects covered in the file include the results of enemy attacks, including bomb damage and casualties; lessons learned from the raids; fire service arrangements, including water provisions; and the progress of civil defence, including shelter provisions, the protection of civil defence buildings, the scheme of mutual assistance, recruitment into the Civil Defence Services and Home Guard, the release of paid personnel, and transport provisions. Other subjects discussed include public morale; communication provisions; post-raid arrangements including repairs, salvage, debris clearance, and aid for traders; arrangements for message rooms and intelligence gathering; the situation of American troops, including entertainment provisions and relations with British women; invasion preparations; special conferences of invasion committees; and collaboration with the military authorities, including military-civilian exercises and a special evacuation scheme for priority classes.


accommodation, administration, agricultural equipment, agricultural production, agricultural workers, agriculture, air raids, airfields, air-raid precautions, air-raid shelters, air-raid wardens, air-raid warnings, ambulances, beets, billeting, bomb damage, children, civil defence, civil defence equipment, civil defence training, civilian casualties, coastal areas, communal feeding, communications, compensation, confectionary, conferences, construction, contingency planning, decontamination, depots, domestic work, emergency procedures, employment, entertainment, evacuation, factories, fines, fire prevention, fire services, fires, first aid, food supplies, furnishings, harvests, healthcare, housing, industrial production, industrial workers, industry, infrastructure, intelligence, labour supply, local authorities, meals, military exercises, mortuaries, motor vehicles, oil products, police, potatoes, poverty, priority classes, prisoners of war, prosecution, public health, public morale, publicity, recruitment, repair, rescue, rest centres, retail, roads, rural areas, salvage, schools, soldiers, sugar, surveys, The Blitz, threat of invasion, towns, tractors, traffic, transportation, United States armed forces, United States nationals, vegetables, voluntary organisations, volunteers, water supply, welfare

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