civil defense photos
- I've just found a load of fascinating cold-war Civil-Defense photos
on my all-time favourite website. They show just what sort of
fragile kit and personnel the UK had in the 1950s and 60s.... a
volunteer staff of old men and women with pre-war vehicles for
instance, and boiling up food in oil drums.
Two things in particular are evident: just how poor the Brits were
and how little resources they had to survive a nuclear war, and how
un-seriously they seem to have taken the risk.
The pictures are mainly in Bath... which is now a World Heritage
City. They were taken nearly twenty years after World War Two but
the city is still strewn with bomb sites and rubble from that war
because there wasn't the funding for reconstruction. The Civil
Defense Corps seems to have used the WW2 bomb sites for training.
The website is: http://mysite.freeserve.com/nuclear_bunkers but
confusingly there isn't a direct link to the Civil Defense
pictures, these start on