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The prototype of Britain's first nuclear shelter at Kingsdown, Kent in 1962.
The prototype of Britain's first nuclear shelter at Kingsdown, Kent in 1962.
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During and after the First World War there was a great deal of concern about how the country could defend against future air attacks. Although civil defence occupied much attention in the run up to the Second World War, by the 1960s it had dropped off the Cabinet agenda.

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Second World War

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Further reading

  • Calder, A., The Myth of the Blitz (London: Jonathan Cape, 1991)
  • Ewen, S., Preparing the British Fire Service for War: Local Government, Nationalisation and Evolutionary Reform, 1935-41 Contemporary British History, 20 (2), pp. 209-31 (2006) www.informaworld.com - Contemporary British History
  • Gardiner, J., Wartime: Britain 1939-1945 (London: Headline, 2004)
  • Geiger, T., Britain and the Economic Problem of the Cold War: The Political Economy and the Economic Impact of the British Defence Effort, 1945-1955 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004)
  • Hennessy, P., The Secret State: Whitehall and the Cold War (London: Allen Lane, 2002)
  • Durodié, B., Jones, E., Wessely, S. & Woolven, R., Civilian Morale During the Second World War: Responses to Air Raids Re-Examined Social History of Medicine, 17 (3), pp. 463-479 (2004)