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