Monday, November 15, 2010

The A.R.P. Post in WW2



A representation of an A.R.P. post
Photograph taken with permission at:
Lincolnshire Aviation & Heritage Museum, RAF East Kirkby


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Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

This particular representation of an A.R.P. Post shows an A.R.P. warden in typical ‘civilian’ clothing, with a steel helmet and wearing arm band so that everyone can immediately identify his role as and when required. The A.R.P. post, where the wardens would spend some of their time while on duty, is sandbagged which would provide some protection against falling debris or shrapnel in the event of enemy bombing.

If the A.R.P. Post received a direct hit, it is unlikely this would be insufficient protection to prevent casualties. Many of the Air Raid Wardens volunteered to be trained in this public service in the 2 – 3 years before WW2. Theirs was an important role particularly in the attempts to eliminate as far as possible any lights that might be seen by enemy aircraft overhead. Nevertheless, there were still A.R.P. civilian casualties during the war, many of them during the ‘Blitz’ in the latter half of 1940.

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