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A Brief History of Civil Defence by Tim Essex-Lopresti

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Various types and numbers of vehicles were issued to brigades around the UK. Each brigade was part of a Region and each Region was structured to be able to establish, on mobilisation, a number of Mobile Columns. The vehicle types would be mobilised to rendezvous points where Columns would be formed prior to operational deployment. A mobile fire column consisted of 6 Companies of which one (yellow) was the Headquarters Company and 5 (red, white, blue, green and black) were Firefighting Companies.

Industry had to turn from weapons manufacture to concentrate on reconstruction. So the earliest opportunity had to be taken to disband the civil defenders now that the enemy threat had vanished. But, as will be seen later, the introduction of the atomic bomb brought in new potential enemies and threats to national security. In Summary So this country and its civilian population survived the German attack but it only did so at considerable cost. Over 64,000 tons of high explosive bombs had been dropped on Britain as well as 5,823 V1 flying bombs and 1,054 V2 long range rockets.

When young, many of us had small animals such as hamsters, gerbils or white mice. We may well have moved on to rabbits, fish and birds. All of these teach us something and, in their way, show us affection. But for real love from an animal we look to the cat and the dog. The argument about which will continue for as long as we are around. There are those who prefer cats and others who cannot stand them. Many will dismiss the cat and argue strongly in favour of one breed of dog or another. Whichever camp we fall into there are so many of us who would not wish to be without our favoured pet.

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