Reference HO 199/446
Title Monthly reports for June and July 1940
Former Department Reference HSI: 200/53/1
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Information Services and Propaganda, Bombing and Attacks on the Population
Subthemes Public opinion and morale, News and information channels, Air raid shelters, Psychological impacts, Rumours and gossip
Document Types Reports and Surveys, Official Correspondence
Civil Defence Regions Nationwide
Locations Belgium, Channel Islands, Finland, Kingston upon Hull, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portsmouth, Spain, Wallasey
Organisations British Army, British Broadcasting Corporation, Royal Air Force, Women's Voluntary Service


A file containing documents relating to a monthly report on public morale and opinion. Documents in the file include multiple annotated and edited drafts of the report; and official correspondence on the circulation of and reactions to the report from regional offices. Topics covered in the report include the public's reaction to the events of the war, particularly in Norway, Belgium, and Holland; attitudes towards the threat of invasion and rumours of enemy parachutists landing in Britain; and the need for clear instructions to be given to the public. Other topics discussed include public feeling on the news and information channels with which they are provided; the language used in official statements and broadcasts about the war; attitudes towards aliens and foreign nationals; and the public's reaction during air raids.


air raids, air-raid shelters, air-raid warnings, Alfred Duff Cooper, aliens, anti-aircraft defences, blackout, censorship, children, civil defence, Communism, defeatism, evacuation, intelligence, Neville Chamberlain, occupation of Norway, overseas evacuation, pacifism, parachutists, propaganda, public morale, public opinion, rumours, threat of invasion

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