"If this country were ever at war the target of the enemy's bombers would be the staunchness of the people at home.
We all hope and work to prevent war but, while there is risk of it, we cannot afford to neglect the duty of preparing ourselves and the country for such an emergency". - Samuel Hoare, March 1938. During the late 1930s it was finally realised that war with Hitler's Germany was a major possibility.
As the armed forces began their re-arming, the Home Front was not neglected.
In the intervening twenty years since the end of the First World War, war had changed for the worst.
Aircraft had progressed and had become potent fighting machines, capable of flying huge distances with large payloads of bombs.
The realities of 'Total War' and of the 'Blitz' were almost upon Britain and "Air Raid Precautions" was sent out to almost every home in the land. Filled with useful advice, much of which was to become second nature to those in our industrial heartland and large cities, "Air Raid Precautions" became a classic of wartime reading, so much so that Britain's "Air Raid Precautions" was printed in its entirety, with no changes, for the American, New Zealand and Australian householder too.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 240 pages
- Publisher: The History Press Ltd
- Publication Date: 30/09/2007
- Category: British & Irish history
- ISBN: 9780752444703