Reference HO 207/1163
Title REGIONS OUTSIDE LONDON (REGIONAL OFFICE FILES): Region No 7 (South Western): Exeter: report on the effects of air attacks on the city during the nights of 23-26 Apr and 3-4 May 1942
Former Department Reference MISC/58
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Bombing and Attacks on the Population, Military Activity and Home Defence
Subthemes Air Raid Precautions and Civil Defence, Casualties and injuries, Damage to property, Reconstruction and salvage, Unofficial evacuations
Document Types Reports and Surveys, Photographs, Maps, Charts, and Diagrams
Civil Defence Regions Region 7: South Western (Bristol HQ)
Locations Exeter
Organisations Air Raid Precautions, Civil Defence Service, General Post Office, National Fire Service, Women's Voluntary Service


A file of documents relating to a consolidated report on the effects of air raids on the city of Exeter between late April and early May, 1942. Subjects covered in the file include a description of the city; a synopsis of the attacks; the extent of the physical damage; civilian and civil defence personnel casualties; the effect on morale; the operations of the Civil Defence Services, including control-room staff, wardens, and the rescue and casualty services; the police control of traffic and the public; and the provision of mortuary space for casualties. Other subjects covered include the organisation of the Fire Guard; air-raid shelter provisions; post-raid services, including the provision of information, rest centres, billeting, food supplies, and military aid; post-raid salvage, demolitions, repairs, debris clearance, and burials; and recommendations for defence against future attacks. Documents in the file include photographs of the bomb damage.


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