Air Raid Sirens

Home Front Activities: Air Raid Sirens

During the Second World War the British government was constantly monitoring the success of its various policies concerning the Home Front. The government was also aware of the possibility that it might be necessary to introduce legislation to deal with any emerging problems.

It is December 1941. You have been asked to write a report on Air Raid Sirens. This is to be divided into two sections.

Primary Sources

(1) A report on what has been happening concerning Air Raid Sirens since the outbreak of the war.

Things you should consider include:

(a) When did the Air Raid Wardens first arrange for the sounding of sirens.

(b) Why did Air Raid Wardens sound the sirens more than once?

(2) A report that includes proposals about the changes that you would like to see in government policy. These proposals will then be discussed and voted on by the rest of the class.

Things you should consider include:

(a) Should the policy concerning people doing important war work be changed? Is it right to force the workers to stay in the factories until the Luftwaffe were immediately overhead.

(b) What punishments should be imposed on workers who left the factories before the second siren sounded?