Reference HO 207/18
Title REGION No 5 (LONDON): Air Raids, Air Raid Precautions and Bombs: Reports by various boroughs of heavy air raids in Aug and Sept 1940. Suggestions for improving the civil defence services from the experience gained
Former Department Reference LR 190/3-11
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Bombing and Attacks on the Population, Military Activity and Home Defence
Subthemes Damage to property, Air Raid Precautions and Civil Defence, Casualties and injuries, Disruption to services
Document Types Reports and Surveys, Official Correspondence, Maps, Charts, and Diagrams, Letters and Statements from the Public
Civil Defence Regions Region 5: London
Locations Banstead, Beckenham, Beddington, Bermondsey, Bethnal Green, Bexley, Bromley, Camberwell, Carshalton, Cheshunt, Chigwell, City of London, Coombe, Coulsdon, Crayford, Croydon, Dagenham, East Ham, Edmonton, Enfield, Epsom, Erith, Esher, Feltham, Finchley, Finsbury, Hackney, Harrow, Hayes, Heston, Hornsey, Islington, Kingston, Lambeth, Lewisham, Leyton, London, Malden, Merton, Mitcham, Morden, Orpington, Poplar, Purley, Shoreditch, Southwark, St. Pancras, Staines, Stepney, Tottenham, Twickenham, Uxbridge, Wallington, Walthamstow, Wealdstone, Wembley, West Ham, Willesden, Wimbledon, Wood Green, Woodford, Woolwich
Organisations Air Raid Precautions, Auxiliary Fire Service, Civil Defence Service, Home Guard, Royal Air Force, Salvation Army, War Agricultural Executive Committees, Women's Voluntary Service, Young Men's Christian Association


A file containing documents relating to German air raids and civil defence in London. Documents in the file include various reports on the raids as they happened, and on the aftermath of the raids; correspondence on the content of the reports and the progress of the Civil Defence Services; diagrams of certain structures that suffered damage; and a map of the area affected in one raid on the City of London. Topics covered in the documents include the numbers and types of bombs used in the raids; the cooperation and efficiency of A.R.P., fire, and ambulance services during the raids; the problems caused by unexploded bombs and issues in their identification; and statistics on injuries and casualties. Other topics discussed include the type of information on civil defence that needs to be collected; individual accounts of damage; the morale of the public; and the adequacy of air-raid shelters.


accommodation, air raids, aircraft, airfields, air-raid precautions, air-raid shelters, air-raid wardens, air-raid warnings, ambulances, amenities, bomb damage, bomb disposal, civil defence, civil defence training, civilian casualties, communal feeding, communications, crime, delay-action bombs, demolition, dockyards, doctors, electricity, factories, fire services, fires, first aid, gas, high-explosive bombs, homelessness, housing, incendiary bombs, industrial production, industry, infrastructure, local authorities, mortuaries, police, public morale, railways, rescue, salvage, schools, shelter wardens, statistics, The Blitz, unexploded bombs, water supply

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