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Civil Defence

Nature volume 143, pages 537538 (01 April 1939) | Download Citation



THE title of Captain Glover's book is some what misleading. He has written a manual containing many useful tables, facts, diagrams and illustrations which deal almost entirely with the protection of human beings, and to some extent of animals, against air attack. Civil defence, however, embraces many other urgent problems. The protection of men and women, especially those whose work enables the nation to resist an enemy, is an essential part of civil defence. But the supply of food andthe maintenance of transport for its distribution; provision of electricity for essential works; continued output of aircraft; armament and other factories of national importance; the storage and import of oil;and safety and repair of the utility services; all are as much a part of civil defence as the protection of human life. Within this limited aspect, however, Captain Glover deals with many problems; and although the general reader may perhaps be put off by the jazz paper cover, whichdepicts a nightmare of steel cupolas, underground tube shelters, gas-proof doors and batteries of air filters, the bolder A.R.P. instructors, engineers and workers will find much that will be of use to them in the book.

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