Reference HO 199/444
Title Weekly reports dated July to November 1940
Former Department Reference HSI: 200/51
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Information Services and Propaganda, Military Activity and Home Defence
Subthemes Public opinion and morale, Air Raid Precautions and Civil Defence
Document Types Reports and Surveys
Civil Defence Regions Nationwide
Locations Aberdeen, Bristol, Cambridge, Dover, Dunkirk, France, Germany, Glasgow, Ipswich, Liverpool, London, Milford Haven, Netherlands, Newcastle upon Tyne, Norwich, Paignton, Plymouth, Portland, Somaliland, Swansea, Tunbridge Wells
Organisations British Army, British Broadcasting Corporation, Home Guard, Ministry of Information, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy


A file containing multiple drafts of weekly intelligence reports on public morale, civil defence, and living conditions, prepared by the Intelligence Branch. Topics covered by the reports include public opinion on air raids and civil defence measures, including complaints about air-raid shelters and air-raid warnings; the public's view of the work of the Ministry of Information, especially criticisms of its information-gathering and censorship; and public interest in significant events of the war, such as the loss of British Somaliland. Other topics discussed include social divisions based on class and wealth; unemployment and economic conditions; rationing and the shortage of goods and supplies; public apathy towards the threat of invasion; and reprisal air raids on Germany.


air raids, air-raid precautions, air-raid shelters, air-raid warnings, Alfred Duff Cooper, aliens, bread, censorship, civil defence, coal, colonies, conscientious objectors, dairy, Dunkirk evacuation, enemy propaganda, fire services, fish, food supplies, intelligence, Jews, Lord Halifax, margarine, material shortages, meat, milk, national budget, nationalisation, newspapers, old age, prices, public morale, public opinion, radio broadcasts, rationing, rumours, salvage, secrecy, social class, socialism, taxation, tea, threat of invasion, unemployment, vegetables, wages, welfare

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