000015

Reference HO 203/15
Title Home Security Daily Intelligence Reports. 3526-3893
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 Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Essex, France, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, London, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Shetland, Shropshire, Suffolk, Surrey, Sussex, Yorkshire
Organisations Air Raid Precautions, British Broadcasting Corporation, Civil Defence Service, General Post Office, Home Guard, National Fire Service, Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes, Red Cross, 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, 1944. Subjects covered in the file include the reconnaissance activities of hostile aircraft; 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, dockyards, farms, factories, hospitals, libraries, schools, shops, and municipal buildings; issues with the functioning of public utilities, including the water supply, electricity, telecommunications, and the gas supply; and problems with road and railway services. Other subjects discussed include the types of weapons used in the attacks, including flying bombs, anti-aircraft weapons, and long-range rockets; and the provision of post-raid services, including rest centres and rescue services.

Keywords

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