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Reference HO 203/2
Title Home Security Daily Intelligence Reports. 240-409
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Military Activity and Home Defence, Bombing and Attacks on the Population
Subthemes Air Raid Precautions and Civil Defence, Damage to property
Document Types Reports and Surveys
Civil Defence Regions Nationwide
Locations Aberdeenshire, Anglesey, Angus, Ayrshire, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Berwickshire, Breconshire, Caernarvonshire, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, County Durham, Cumberland, Denbighshire, Derbyshire, Essex, Fife, Flintshire, Glamorgan, Glamorganshire, Hampshire, Herefordshire, Hertfordshire, Huntingdonshire, Ily, Kent, Kincardineshire, Lanarkshire, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, London, Merionethshire, Monmouthshire, Norfolk, Northampton, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Orkney, Oxfordshire, Radnorshire, Roxburghshire, Rutland, Selkirkshire, Shetland, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Surrey, Sussex, Warwickshire, Wiltshire, Worcestershire, Yorkshire
Organisations Forestry Commission, General Post Office, Irish Republican Army, Royal Air Force, Young Men's Christian Association
Notes Due to the very high number of locations discussed in the file, this field has been indexed at county level only.

Description

A file containing intelligence reports relating to civil defence prepared twice a day for the Home Security War Room, primarily recounting the times, locations, and impacts of individual enemy attacks on the United Kingdom. Topics covered in the reports include sightings of enemy aircraft; false air-raid warnings triggered by causes such as electrical faults and hoax calls; reports of security issues such as explosives being located in public places and activity by the I.R.A.; instances of sea mines washing ashore; shipwrecks in British waters and survivors either rescued or washed ashore; and reports of people trespassing in sensitive locations. Other topics covered include industrial action and strikes; industrial accidents such as factory fires; problems with Britain's infrastructure, such as rail collisions and the effect of bad weather on roads and railways; and enemy air raids, with details of the level of damage caused and the number of bombs dropped.

Keywords

air force personnel, air raids, aircraft, air-raid precautions, air-raid warnings, ambulances, anti-aircraft defences, barrage balloons, bomb damage, buses, civil defence, civilian casualties, coal, Dutch nationals, electricity, explosives, factories, fires, freight shipping, German nationals, hospitals, incendiary bombs, industrial accidents, industrial action, industrial disputes, industrial equipment, industry, infrastructure, intelligence, Italian nationals, military casualties, mining, motor vehicles, munitions, naval mines, naval personnel, Norwegian nationals, police, ports, postal communications, public transport, railways, rivers, roads, sabotage, secrecy, shipping losses, soldiers, Swedish nationals, telephonic communications, traffic, transportation, unexploded bombs, wages, warships, weather

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