Reference HO 199/418
Title Region No 5: February 1941 to January 1943
Former Department Reference HSI: 200/5
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Military Activity and Home Defence, Bombing and Attacks on the Population
Subthemes Labour supply and relations, Invasion contingencies, Air Raid Precautions and Civil Defence, Air raid shelters
Document Types Reports and Surveys
Civil Defence Regions Region 5: London
Locations Bethnal Green, London
Organisations Civil Defence Service, General Post Office, Home Guard, Local Education Authorities, Merchant Navy, National Fire Service, Women's Voluntary Service


A file of reports relating to the civil defence situation in the London Civil Defence Region. Subjects covered in the file include the public morale of youths and the homeless in shelters; the results of enemy attacks, including casualties and bomb damage to housing; and the progress of civil defence, including shelter provisions, housing provisions for the homeless, emergency rest centres, and manpower provisions for the services. Such provisions include the recruitment of personnel, including part-time workers, women, and volunteers; and the release and redirection of labour. Other subjects covered include fire precautions, including water provisions and firefighter recruitment; plans for attacks, including anti-gas provisions; the preparations for invasion, including military exercises and the immobilisation of vehicles; the movement of the population, including the return of evacuated schoolchildren; and post-raid services, including furniture salvage, repairs, and debris clearance.


accommodation, administration, air raids, air-raid precautions, air-raid shelters, air-raid wardens, ambulances, bedding, billeting, bomb damage, children, Christmas, civil defence, civil defence equipment, civil defence training, civilian casualties, communal feeding, conferences, conscription, construction, crime, demographics, demolition, emergency procedures, employment, evacuees, female labour, finance, fire prevention, fire services, fires, first aid, food preparation, furnishings, gas, gas protection, healthcare, holidays, homelessness, hostels, housing, industrial production, industrial workers, industry, intelligence, labour supply, local authorities, London Underground, looting, migration, military exercises, motor vehicles, parachutists, part-time employment, population decline, population growth, postal communications, propaganda, public health, public morale, publicity, recreation, recruitment, repair, rescue, rest centres, salvage, savings, schools, skilled labour, surplus, surveys, tea, threat of invasion, transportation, unskilled labour, volunteers, water supply, welfare, working conditions, working hours, youths

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