Nuclear-Era Civil Defence Measures In The UK

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Oh, this is my misreading of that 1993 document (which I'll PM you in a sec) - it does say UKWMO is being disbanded but only that ROC was being stood-down. Thanks for clarifying this as I hadn't appreciated the significant difference between the two terms!
Is there something you neglected to tell us about!?

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For almost five decades, the United Kingdom made plans for a nuclear attack that never came.* To help their citizens, civil servants and armed forces prepare, those in power designed and published a variety of booklets, posters and how-to guides. Most infamous among these was the Protect and Survive campaign, but just as fascinating are lesser-known materials made for the United Kingdom Warning and Monitoring Organisation and the Royal Observer Corps, many of which are reproduced for the first time. From terrifying images issued by central government, to local councils’ sometimes amateurish guides, Nuclear War in the UK is an eye-opening look at the way Britain’s authorities reacted to the Soviet nuclear threat.

* Correct at time of publication

Taras Young is a researcher and writer with an interest in weird, hidden and forgotten history. Nuclear War In The UK is the seventh volume in the Irregulars series of introductions to aspects of modern British visual culture.

Source with more preview images:
https://www.fourcornersbooks.co.uk/books/nuclear-war-in-the-uk/

Interview with author:
https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podca...with-taras-young/id1355527336?i=1000452529970
 

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Is there something you neglected to tell us about!?
Oops, yes that exists!

More pics from the book here: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2...r-nuclear-war-in-the-uk-taras-young-interview

Some more info: https://book.taras.net/

On the ROC front, the second edition of "Attack Warning Red" (1992) is very good but a bugger to get hold of, as you've identified. Conversely, "The Royal Observer Corps Underground Monitoring Posts" by Mark Dalton is very enjoyable and also still in print - highly recommended!

I would add to the reading list:
  • War Plan UK by Duncan Campbell
  • Cold War: Building for nuclear confrontation by Wayne Cocroft
  • Doomsday: Britain after nuclear attack by Openshaw, Steadman & Greene
 
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I've just today finished a (poor) book on Fighter Command that gave several sidelights on the (later 'Royal') Observer Corps during the Battle of Britain. I found the glimpses tantalising but unrewarding (as I say, poor book). That notwithstanding, a distinctively British picture of lonely posts manned by enthusiastic amateurs with flasks of tea commanded by superannuated former RAF men seemed to have been sketched...
A regular over at ww2talk.com just posted this article and it evoked the same atmosphere.

Stuck out in the wilds with only a cat as a companion...

From Fleetwood Chronicle No. 6470 - Thursday, March 29th 1945.

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