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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA MISC 34
Title
US STRATEGIC BOMBING SURVEY: Civilian Defense Division: report on the civil defences in Hamburg, Germany, 1945
Date(s)
1945
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
2 items

Context

Name of creator(s)

US Strategic Bombing Survey, Civilian Defense Division, US War Department

Administrative / Biographical history

The Strategic Bombing Survey was established in the US War Department as a civilian activity, 3 Nov 1944, pursuant to Presidential directive, 9 Sep 1944. During its existence it studied the effects of Allied aerial attacks on Germany and German-occupied Europe (European Survey) and on Japan (Pacific Survey), to establish a basis for evaluating the importance and potential of air power as an instrument of military strategy and for planning the future development of the armed forces. It was abolished in 8 Oct 1947, with discontinuance of operations.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Acquired by the Centre in 1990

Content & structure

Scope and content

US Strategic Bombing Survey, Civil Defense Division, report entitled Target Report of Civilian Defense Division Field Team No 82, covering air-raid protection facilities and allied subjects in the city of Hamburg, Germany, 1945. The report is in two volumes. The first volume contains the field report of the US Strategic Bombing Survey, Civil Defense Division, and includes information on the organisation and operation of German civil defence, including fire control and incident control precautions; German passive defence installations and precautions, including gas protection and camouflage; information on German evacuation techniques and civil defence training measures. The second volume contains photographic, manuscript, and typescript exhibits for the first volume. Included in the second volume are population figures of Hamburg, 1940-1945; damage statistics for dwellings, cultural buildings, and industrial buildings, 1940-1945; statistics on those killed during the bombing of Hamburg, 1940-1945; organisation of German anti-aircraft divisions; organisational chart of German air raid personnel; photographs of oil refinery and storage fires caused during Allied bombing raids in Jul 1943; photographs of civilians killed during Allied bombing raid in Jul 1943; translation of German instructional regulations on how to handle the dead; report on the activities of German medical and emergency personnel; statistics on the heavy raids on Hamburg, 24 Jul-3 Aug 1943; reports of interviews with German civil servants, police and fire personnel, and air defence personnel.

System of arrangement

Arranged into two volumes

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.

Language/scripts of material

English

Finding aids

This Summary Guide, and available in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives

Notes

Note

Compiled Nov 1999

Description control

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

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Subjects

  • Air defence
  • Air warfare
  • Aircraft
  • Armed forces
  • Central government
  • Chemical actions and uses
  • Civil defence
  • Defence
  • Government
  • Government departments
  • Higher science education
  • Humanitarian law
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Military aircraft
  • Military doctrine
  • Military engineering
  • Military organizations
  • Occupied territories
  • Organizations
  • Pharmaceutic aids
  • Photographs
  • Public administration
  • Specialty uses of chemicals
  • State security
  • Vehicles
  • Visual materials
  • War
  • War victims
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Corporate names

  • RAF, Royal Air Force
  • US Air Force
  • US War Department

Places

  • China, East Asia
  • Hamburg, Germany
  • Japan, East Asia

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