000013

Reference HO 203/13
Title Home Security Daily Intelligence Reports. 2794-3161
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, Casualties and injuries, Disruption to services
Document Types Reports and Surveys
Civil Defence Regions Nationwide
Locations Aberdeen, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Ely, Essex, France, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Huntingdonshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, London, Norfolk, Nottinghamshire, Shetland, Somerset, Suffolk, Surrey, Sussex, Wiltshire, Yorkshire
Organisations Air Raid Precautions, Civil Defence Service, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy
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 between July and December, 1943. Subjects covered in the file include the reconnaissance activities of hostile aircraft over British waters; attacks by enemy aircraft on population centres; and the impact of these attacks, including homelessness, civilian and military casualties, and bomb damage. This damage included the destruction of residential areas, coastal areas, farms, factories, shops, and municipal buildings; issues with the functioning of public utilities, including electricity, telecommunications, and the gas supply; and problems with the running of road and railway services. Other subjects discussed include the types of weapons used in the attacks, including high-explosive bombs, incendiary bombs, and anti-personnel weapons; and the provision of post-raid services, including rest centres, feeding centres, and first-aid and rescue services.

Keywords

accommodation, administration, agricultural production, agriculture, air raids, aircraft, air-raid precautions, air-raid shelters, air-raid wardens, amenities, anti-aircraft defences, anti-personnel weapons, billeting, bomb damage, bridges, British Restaurants, buses, cattle, chemicals, children, cinemas, cities, civil defence, civilian casualties, clothing, coastal areas, communal feeding, communications, death rate, demolition, depots, dockyards, electricity, emergency procedures, espionage, evacuation, factories, fires, first aid, flooding, food supplies, furnishings, gas, German armed forces, glass, healthcare, high-explosive bombs, homelessness, hospitals, hostels, hotels, housing, incendiary bombs, industrial production, industry, infrastructure, intelligence, laundry, libraries, livestock, local authorities, meals, military casualties, military operations, motor vehicles, municipal buildings, munitions, munitions industry, oil, public health, public spaces, public transport, railway stations, railways, reconnaissance, religious buildings, repair, rescue, rest centres, restaurants, retail, roads, rural areas, sanitation, schools, sewerage, shipbuilding, statistics, surveys, telecommunications, telegraphic communications, telephonic communications, threat of invasion, timber, towns, traffic, transportation, unexploded bombs, water supply, weather, welfare

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