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The webmaster, Pat Cryer, as a young child

Types of air raid-shelter in World War Two Britain

I was born three months before the Second World War which started in 1939, and I lived in north London. So it was quite normal for me to expect German bombers to fly over our skies and drop bombs. Air-raid sirens gave some warning - although not always enough. As soon as we heard the siren, we made our way to an air-raid shelter (also known as a bomb shelter). There were several types. At the time, I knew, or knew of, the following:

I learnt later that there were other shelters:

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