An ambulance party leader (white helmet) stands to attention before the King and Queen at Buckingham Palace. I doubt the Rolls Royce behind him is his...
This 12.5" off-white stoneware ARP food container, made by Doulton, cropped up on an auction site. There was also a jug with 'ARP Drinking Water' written on it . Usually a marketing ploy during the war, this would have been a standard jars and jugs but with the addition of the lettering.
An interesting photo showing members of a food decontamination squad 'cleaning' a large joint of meat of the residue from a gas attack. The photo details say the centre, located on the outskirts of Hornsey, was Britain's first dedicated decontamination centre. Not sure I'd be too happy tucking into that...
Only recently released, this new book - Helmets of the Home Front - covers an area of Civil Defence and the Home Front in a detail never before seen. It covers all the non-military British services operational during WW2. Over 300 colour pages and 1,000 different helmet markings are included. Likely to become the bible on collecting and information on helmets.
See this page for more information and how to purchase
A Ministry of Home Security recruitment poster (off-set lithograph) calling for volunteers to join the Fire Watchers service. In September 1940, a Fire Watchers Order compelling factories and commercial buildings above a certain size were to create and maintain their own fire watchers. Herbert Morrison, the Home Secretary, made appeals for a "Citizens Army" of fire watchers to assist the local fire brigades with dealing with incendiary devices. The 'fire-bomb fighters' was mentioned in a speech given by Morrison (and shown below):
"Until we are able to stop the night bomber, fire raids will continue to be one of the greatest menaces to our independence and freedom and we have all got to lend a hand to beat them... Let there be no hanging back, put all your courage, energy and skill into this vital task of war. Fall in the fire-bomb fighters!"
Later in the war, as the Fire Guard service featured on another poster emblazoned with "Britain Shall Not Burn".
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