Book List – contemporary books about Wartime Firefighting

FRONTLINE 1940 – 1941

Subtitle: The Official Story of the CIVIL DEFENCE of Britain
Author: Ministry of Information
Published by: His Majesty’s Stationary Office
Date: 1942
The official story of the “blitz” on Britain’s towns and cities. Many black and white photos. As this book was released during the war and is definitely “Propaganda”, the style of writing is very interesting.

THE FIRE SERVICE TO-DAY

Author: F. Eyre & E.C.R. Hadfield
Published by: Oxford University Press
Date: Unknown but the book was given as a Christmas present in 1946.
This book is part of a series called “The Pageant of Progress”. There were 17 other titles in the series and were definitely aimed at young boys. There are a number of B&W photos of equipment and fires and sections dealing with the history, training, equipment and operating methods of the N.F.S..

FIRE OVER LONDON

Subtitle: The Story of The London Fire Service 1940-41
Author:
Published by: Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers) Ltd. For the London County Council
Date: August 1941
A paperback pamphlet written in the same style as “Frontline 1940 – 1941”. There are many interesting B&W photos of firefighting during the “Blitz” period in London.

JIM BRAIDY THE STORY OF BRITAINS FIREMEN

Subtitle: Illustrated with Paintings by Fireman Artists
Author:
Published by: Lindsay Drummond Ltd, London
Date: 1943
This pamphlet tells the story of Jim Braidy. He is a fictitious firefighter and his story is written by a number of authors. The book has a number of B&W photos of paintings done by firemen. This copy is in very delicate condition as the staples have come adrift on the spine.

IN THE SERVICE OF THE NATION

Subtitle: The N.F.S. Goes into Action
Author: “CENTURION”
Published by: Raphael Tuck & Sons Ltd for the National Fire Service Benevolent Fund
Date: October 1944
This is a 12 page pamphlet that tells the story of a night raid by enemy bombers on the town of Blanktown. The book tells the story of the fire-fighting efforts during and after the raid. It is illustrated with colour drawings by Fireman Reginald Mills.
It is scanned in full here.

THE NATIONAL FIRE SERVICE

Subtitle: A Guide to the Statutory Orders and Regulations and the Code of Discipline
Author: J.R. Howard Roberts
Published by: Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons Ltd, London
Date: 1943
This book deals with the legal formation of the NFS as well as pension rights and the Code of Discipline. It is not a legal textbook but the author has attempted to collect the orders and regulations required by NFS officers in their regular work.

THE AIR DEFENCE OF BRITAIN

Subtitle: Three Well-Informed Authoritative Writers Discuss Problems of –
Author: Air-Commodore L.E.O. Charlton, G.T. Garratt, Lieut.-Commdr. R. Fletcher, MP
Published by: Penguin Books Ltd.
Date: October 1938
This book, written pre-war discusses the dangers as seen at that time of air attack and defence. An interesting book as it shows the thinking prior to the air war over the UK.

OUR NEW ORDER OR HITLER’S?

Subtitle: A selection by Phyllis Bottome from speeches by…
Author:
Published by: Penguin
Date: 1943
A collection of speeches by 17 influential persons of the time including, Winston Churchill, Anthony Eden, The Archbishop of Canterbury and Franklin D Roosevelt.

CHEMISTRY

Subtitle: In Relation to Fire Risk and Fire Extinction
Author: A.M. Cameron
Published by: Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons Ltd, London
Date: 1933
This book, whilst not a “fire-fighting” manual would definitely be required reading for senior fire officers both before and during the war. It deals with the methods of production and the hazards associated with flammable gases, liquids and solids. A sort of very early HazChem code with explanations!!

HOME FRONT LINES

Author: David Langdon
Published by: Methuen & Co. Ltd, London
Date: 1941
A small book with 87 pages of line sketches

FIRE-FIGHTING

Subtitle: By Land, Sea and Air
Author: W. Branch Johnson
Published by: Nisbet & Co Ltd, London
Date: 1927

Training Manuals

FIRE FIGHTING IN PEACE AND WAR

Subtitle: A Practical Fire Service Manual for A.F.S., Office and Factory Fire Squads A.R.P. Personnel and Householders
Author: C. Clark Ramsay
Published by: Jordan & Sons, Ltd, Chancery Lane, London
Date: 1939
A small book aimed at basic training for AFS and citizen firefighters.

FIREMANSHIP MANUAL for the AUXILIARY FIRE SERVICE

Author: J. Bradbury (Bradford City Fire Brigade)
Published by: Watmoughs Limited
Date: February 1940 (First Edition) and September 1941 (Seventh Edition)

THE AUXILIARY FIREMAN

Author: V.J. Wilmoth
Published by: Lomax, Erskine & Co. Ltd. London
Date: August 1941 (Eighth Impression of Second Edition)

THE ADVANCED AUXILIARY FIREMAN

Author: V.J. Wilmoth
Published by: Lomax, Erskine & Co. Ltd, London
Date: January 1942 (Second Edition)

A.F.S. DRILL AND INSTRUCTION MANUAL

Author: The National Fire Brigades Association
Published by: National Fire Brigades Association, 28, Russell Square, London
Date: Unknown

DRILL BOOK AND MANUAL OF INSTRUCTION

Subtitle: For use with The Auxiliary Fire Service
Author: W.H. Barker, M.I.F.E
Published by: Sydenham & Co., Oxford Road, Bournemouth
Date: 1938

WATER PROBLEMS IN FIRE FIGHTING EXPLAINED

Author: R. Killey
Published by: Her Majesty’s Stationary Office
Date: 1943 (Reprinted 1952)

HYDRAULICS

Subtitle: As Applied to Fire Fighting
Author: N.R. Cotter
Published by: N.R. Cottee 10 Kitto Road, New Cross, London
Date: 1942

SHIPS AND FIRE

Subtitle: A brief work on marine fire-fighting and fire boat practice
Author: J.A Jerome and Norman Henderson
Published by:
Date: Unknown but the forward is by J. Clitherow, Fire Force Commander of No. 26 FF

FIRE PUMPS and HYDRAULICS

Author: J.E. Potts and T.H. Harris
Published by: George Newnes Ltd, Tower House, Southampton Street, Londo
Date: 1942

HMSO Publications

MANUAL OF FIREMANSHIP

Subtitle: Part 1
Published by: Her Majesty’s Stationary Office
Date:1943 (Reprinted 1956)

MANUAL OF FIREMANSHIP

Subtitle: Part 2 Appliances
Published by: Her Majesty’s Stationary Office
Date:1944 (Reprinted 1955)

MANUAL OF FIREMANSHIP

Subtitle: Part 3
Published by: His Majesty’s Stationary Office
Date:1943 (Reprinted 1944)

MANUAL OF FIREMANSHIP

Subtitle: Part 4 Buildings-Their Construction and Internal Protection
Published by: His Majesty’s Stationary Office
Date:1948

MANUAL OF FIREMANSHIP

Subtitle: Part 5 Communications
Published by: Her Majesty’s Stationary Office
Date:1954

MANUAL OF FIREMANSHIP

Subtitle: Part 6A Practical Firemanship – I
Published by: His Majesty’s Stationary Office
Date:1945

MANUAL OF FIREMANSHIP

Subtitle: Part 6B Practical Firemanship – II
Published by: His Majesty’s Stationary Office
Date:1945

MANUAL OF FIREMANSHIP

Subtitle: Part 6C Practical Firemanship – III
Published by: Her Majesty’s Stationary Office
Date:1962

MANUAL OF FIREMANSHIP

Subtitle: Part 7 Fireboats and Ship Fires
Published by: His Majesty’s Stationary Office
Date:1944

NATIONAL FIRE SERVICE DRILL BOOK

Published by: His Majesty’s Stationary Office
Date:1943

AIR RAID PRECAUTIONS HANDBOOK

Subtitle: No.1 Personal Protection Against Gas (2nd Edition)
Published by: His Majesty’s Stationary Office
Date: 1938

AIR RAID PRECAUTIONS HANDBOOK

Subtitle: No.2 Anti-Gas Precautions and First Aid for Air Raid Casualities (1st Edition)
Published by: His Majesty’s Stationary Office
Date: 1935

AIR RAID PRECAUTIONS HANDBOOK

Subtitle: No.3 Medical Treatment of Gas Casualties (1st Edition)
Published by: His Majesty’s Stationary Office
Date: 1937 (Reprinted 1939)

AIR RAID PRECAUTIONS HANDBOOK

Subtitle: No.14 The Fire Guards Handbook (1st Edition)
Published by: His Majesty’s Stationary Office
Date: 1942

AIR RAID PRECAUTIONS TRAINING MANUAL

Subtitle: No.1 Basic Training in Air Raid Precautions (3rd Impression)
Published by: His Majesty’s Stationary Office
Date: 1940

National Fire Service
Pump and Equipment Inventory for:
K 506A Pump, Extra Heavy – Self Propelled
K 506B Pump, Heavy Self-Propelled and Four Wheeled Trailer
K 506D Fire Boat – Fitted with Heavy Pump(s)
K 506E Pump, Large-On Trailer
K 506F Pump, Medium (Old Type) – On Trailer
K 506G Pump, Medium (New Type) – On Trailer
K 506H Pump, Light – on trailer
K 506I Water Tender
K 506J Pump, Light Portable
K 506K Pump, Two–Men Manual
K 506L Escape Carrier
K 506M Peace Time Fire-Fighting Appliances
K 506P Miscellaneous Equipment
K 506R Equipment for Fire Service Salvage Squads
K 506T Pipe Line and Ancillary Pumps and Fittings
K 506U Pump, Light-On Trailer
K 506W Turntable Ladder 60-feet, Hand Operated
K 506X Turntable Ladder 100-feet Mechanical (Home Office Type)
These noted above are copies of the official NFS form equipment list

Periodicals

THE WAR ILLUSTRATED

Vol. 3 No. 56
Dated: September 17th 1940

THE WAR ILLUSTRATED

Vol. 4 No. 89
Dated: May 16th 1941

THE WAR ILLUSTRATED

Vol. 11 No.31
Dated: September 28th 1940

Vehicle Manuals

AUSTIN TRUCK

Subtitle: 2-Ton & 5-Ton Series K2 and K4
Author: The Austin Motor Co. Ltd
Date: November 1951

AUSTIN 2/3 TON AND 5 TON TRUCKS

Subtitle: K2 & K4 (Series II)
Author: The Austin Motor Co. Ltd
Published by:
Date: September 1954

AUSTIN 2-TON LORRY

Subtitle: Engine (3½ Litre) & Chassis Parts List
Author: The Austin Motor Co.Ltd
Published by:
Date: January 1949

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