Reference HO 199/426
Title Region No 10: May 1942 to January 1943
Former Department Reference HSI: 200/10
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Information Services and Propaganda, Bombing and Attacks on the Population, Military Activity and Home Defence
Subthemes Public opinion and morale, Air Raid Precautions and Civil Defence, Civilian-military interactions
Document Types Reports and Surveys
Civil Defence Regions Region 10: North Western (Manchester HQ)
Locations Accrington, Barrow-in-Furness, Birkenhead, Blackburn, Blackpool, Bootle, Bradford, Bury, Carlisle, Cheshire, Cockermouth, Crewe, Cumberland, Dalton, Dieppe, Egypt, Lancashire, Leeds, Liverpool, Maghull, Manchester, Northwich, Oldham, Preston, Runcorn, Salford, Seaforth, St. Helens, Stalingrad, Stalybridge, Stockport, Stretford, Trafford Park, Ulverston, Wallasey, Widnes, Wigan
Organisations Auxiliary Territorial Service, British Army, British Trades Union Congress, Home Guard, National Fire Service, Royal Air Force, Women's Voluntary Service, Young Men's Christian Association


A file containing monthly reports by H.W. Shawcross on civil defence, air raids, and public morale in Civil Defence Region 10, covering the north-west of England. Topics discussed in the reports include developments in the regional civil defence command structure; the effect of the progress of the war on public morale; arrangements for fire prevention, including equipment and staffing; and the relationship between civil defence and industry in regards to manpower. Other topics include the status of air-raid shelters; the relationship between local authorities and trade unions; and contingency plans for invasion, including the results of training exercises in the area. Other topics covered by the reports include interactions between locals and billeted American troops, notably sexual relations and racial tensions; distinguished local visits, including those of the king and queen, and of Eleanor Roosevelt; and the area's general progress since Shawcross assumed the role.


accommodation, air raids, air-raid precautions, air-raid shelters, air-raid wardens, air-raid warnings, Anglo-American relations, bedding, censuses, civil defence, civil defence equipment, civil defence training, clothing, communications, construction, contingency planning, demolition, dockyards, drunkenness, Eleanor Roosevelt, electricity, employment, factories, fire prevention, fire services, gas attacks, George VI, holidays, hostels, incendiary bombs, industrial disputes, industrial production, industry, labour supply, local authorities, military exercises, military reserves, military training, miners, mining, parachutists, police, public morale, public opinion, Queen Elizabeth, race relations, ration books, rationing, recreation, roads, royalty, sabotage, salvage, social services, soldiers, storage, threat of invasion, trade unions, traffic, transportation, United States nationals, venereal disease, volunteers, water supply, working hours

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