Reference HO 199/437
Title Ministry of Information reports on Region No 5 for the period 29 July to 31 December 1940: comments and queries
Former Department Reference HSI: 200/15/2/1
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Information Services and Propaganda, Bombing and Attacks on the Population, Social Relations
Subthemes Public opinion and morale, Publicity campaigns and initiatives, Air raid shelters, Social identities and divisions, Rumours and gossip
Document Types Reports and Surveys, Letters and Statements from the Public
Civil Defence Regions Region 5: London
Locations Barking, Barnet, Barnstaple, Belfast, Berlin, Bermondsey, Bethnal Green, Bournemouth, Bow, Brixton, Bromley, Bury St. Edmunds, Camberwell, Carshalton, Catford, Chelsea, Chiswick, Clapham, Coventry, Croydon, Deptford, Dutch East Indies, Eire, Epsom, Esher, Feltham, Finchley, Finsbury, France, Fulham, Germany, Greece, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith, Hampstead, Harrow, Heston, Holborn, Hoxton, India, Isle of Dogs, Islington, Italy, Japan, Kassala, Kensington, Kent, Kilburn, Lambeth, Lewisham, Leyton, London, Malden, Manchester, Marylebone, Mill Hill, Mitcham, Morden, Netherlands, Newcastle upon Tyne, Norwich, Paddington, Pimlico, Plumstead, Poplar, Portsmouth, Richmond, Rome, Romford, Rotherhithe, Rotterdam, Ruislip, Salford, Shoreditch, Soho, Southall, Southwark, St. John's Wood, St. Pancras, Stanmore, Stepney, Stoke Newington, Surbiton, Tilbury, Tooting, United States of America, Victoria, Wanstead, Watford, West Ham, Westminster, Whitechapel, Willesden, Wimbledon, Woodford, Woolwich, Yorkshire
Organisations British Broadcasting Corporation, Citizens Advice Bureau, Home Guard, Ministry of Information, Red Cross, Royal Air Force, Salvation Army, Women's Voluntary Service, Young Men's Christian Association, Young Women's Christian Association


A file containing reports on public morale in London, collected either through contacts or through visits to different areas. Topics covered in the reports include the sinking of R.M.S. Lancastria; the impact of German propaganda leaflets; opinions on British propaganda, including films, radio broadcasts, and speeches by politicians; and the living conditions and housing situation of Londoners. Other topics discussed include attitudes toward the Blitz; the conditions in air-raid shelters; the behaviour of children, especially when failing to attend school; relations between different demographics, including foreign aliens and different religious and political groups; the bombing campaign on Germany; the progress of the war; food supplies, rationing, and food canteens; and discussions on when or if the war will end, and under what circumstances.


air raids, aircraft, air-raid precautions, air-raid shelters, air-raid wardens, air-raid warnings, Alfred Duff Cooper, aliens, allowances, Anthony Eden, anti-aircraft defences, Austrian nationals, bananas, bedding, Belgian nationals, billeting, blackout, bomb damage, bread, buses, censorship, charity, children, civilian casualties, clothing, Communism, crime, Czechoslovak nationals, dairy, demographics, demolition, Dunkirk evacuation, eggs, enemy propaganda, evacuees, factories, family, Fascism, film, fire prevention, first aid, food supplies, French nationals, fruit, gas, gas masks, George VI, German nationals, homelessness, hospitals, housing, Indian nationals, industry, infrastructure, insurance, intelligence, internment, Italian nationals, J.B. Priestley, Jews, John Anderson, land mines, local authorities, London Underground, Lord Haw-Haw, Maltese nationals, meals, milk, motor vehicles, munitions industry, national budget, Neville Chamberlain, newspapers, nurses, old age, Oswald Mosley, overseas evacuation, pacifism, passenger shipping, police, postal communications, posters, prices, printing, propaganda, public health, public morale, public opinion, public transport, race relations, radio, radio broadcasts, railways, refugees, religion, rental properties, rest centres, retail, rumours, salvage, sanitation, schools, shipping losses, social class, soldiers, Spanish nationals, standard of living, Stanley Baldwin, Supermarine Spitfire, taxation, tea, The Blitz, The Daily Telegraph, threat of invasion, trade unions, transportation, unemployment, uniforms, vegetables, volunteers, wages, wastage, Winston Churchill, wives, youths

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