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Reference HO 199/429
Title Region No 11: Précis of fortnightly reports by Chief Constables on conditions for the period 12 Apr to 27 Sept 1940
Former Department Reference HSI: 200/11/1
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Information Services and Propaganda, Social Relations
Subthemes Public opinion and morale, Publicity campaigns and initiatives, Political movements and disruption, Foreign nationals and newcomers
Document Types Reports and Surveys
Civil Defence Regions Region 11: Scotland (Edinburgh HQ)
Locations Aberdeen, Broxburn, Buckhaven, Cambuslang, Denmark, Dundee, Dunfermline, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Grangemouth, Italy, Kelty, Leith, Motherwell, Norway, Orkney, Paisley, Scapa Flow, Somaliland, Wick
Organisations British Broadcasting Corporation, Royal Air Force

Description

A file containing summaries of fortnightly reports prepared by police chief constables on public morale, civil defence, and living conditions in Scotland. Topics covered by the reports include the conduct of the public during air raids; public opinion on the effects of the war, such as evacuation and rationing; the impact of enemy propaganda, such as radio broadcasts by Lord Haw-Haw, on the public; the prevalence of "subversive" political movements like communism and pacifism, and the levels of attendance at talks and rallies; and public opinion on news channels and censorship. Other topics discussed include the circulation of rumours; social tensions regarding foreign nationals; and the public's reaction to major events of the war, such as the fall of France, the entry of Italy into the war, and the sinking of R.M.S. Lancastria.

Keywords

air raids, air-raid precautions, air-raid wardens, aliens, anti-aircraft defences, beef, blackout, bomb damage, censorship, Communism, conscientious objectors, dairy, drunkenness, eggs, enemy propaganda, entertainment, evacuation, fats, food shortages, food supplies, fruit, fuel, gas masks, industrial action, industrial disputes, industry, Italian entry into the war, Italian nationals, Lord Haw-Haw, margarine, meat, national budget, occupation of France, pacifism, parachutists, passenger shipping, petrol, police, political organisations, public morale, public opinion, rationing, reserved occupations, rumours, sugar, tea, vegetables

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