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Protect & Survive: The Civil Defence Manual Paperback – 1 Jul 2007


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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (1 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752444220
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752444222
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 1 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 375,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Womer_uk on 10 Dec 2010
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The book is basically a reprint of some Home Office pamphlets issued after the last war ...

1) Basic Chemical Warfare, (1949) ... Deals with gas attacks of civilians

The following four chapters are rehashes of books issued to CD during the war

2) Basic Fire Fighting (1949) ...

3) Basic First Aid (1949) ...

4) Basic Rescue (1949) ...

5) Basic Methods Of Protection Against High Explosive Missiles (1949)

then ....

6) Atomic Warfare (1950), A lot of this chapter is taken up of pictures of damage in Nagasaki / Hiroshima, with some rudimentry explainations of using geiger counters , exposure to radiation etc

Not too bad if you can get a cheap 2nd hand copy (it's in hardback), but if you have some of the others in the series like "Air Raid Precautions", it certainly isn't worth a tenner
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By T. Young on 1 April 2008
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The words "Protect and Survive" didn't appear on any UK government document prior to the scarce booklet of the same name, which this most certainly is not. Don't be conned into buying what are essentially some rebound, rather boring, old documents.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Hall on 13 Dec 2007
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This is a poor reprint that appends the "Protect and Survive" title to it that had nothing to do with the original documents. It doesn't have much to recommend it.
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The book is in my opinion as good as it could possibly get in teaching you, basic self and family protection, survival, defence and first aid, against Atomic; Gas and Conventional Attacks. The book is a series of Government Pamphlets issued following WWII and recently complied together. Although over sixty years old the combined pamphlets are still a great read and further more a great source of information. 'We' may be getting warmer following the "Cold War", but this book gives you a great insight into what the government thought the general public needed to know following WWII.
Insight: There was now a new fear, the expansion of Russian (and Chinese) Communism. The British Government felt the need to produce a series of pamphlets to inform the General Public what they needed to do in case there was an attack by Russia (and her allies).
The pamphlets (book) are information, techniques and knowledge garnered from,
1. WWII attacks on Britain by the Germans
2. America’s attacks on the Japanese Cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
3. Britain’s own subsequent independent Atomic tests carried-out on the Monte Bello Islands and in Maralinga, Australia and later on the Malden Island and Christmas Island in the Central Pacific Ocean.
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