Bibliography

This page has details of useful books about the AFS and the NFS.

Current books looking back at the history of the NFS and AFS.

  • Books about the AFS in the Cold War period January 7, 2014 Duty Done: The Disposal of AFS, Civil Defence and Other Government Supplied Vehicles by Barry R. Holliss and Ted Angus (CD-ROM – 12 Oct 2007) Green Machine: Vehicles of the Auxiliary Fire Service and Mobile Fire Columns – Together with Details of Police Mobile Column and Civil Defence Vehicles by Barry R. Holliss and John C. Thompson (Hardcover – Oct ...
  • Wheels of Fire, Home Front Transport, They Rode Green Fire Engines by Alan House January 7, 2014 “Wheels of Fire” by Alan House The provision of vehicles and equipment for use by the fire service during and immediately following World War Two presented many challenges.  This book highlights the problems, the innovations and the variety of vehicles placed in service to defend the nation from the ravages of fire caused by air raids, ...

Firemen at War: The Work of London’s Fire Fighters in the Second World War by Neil Wallington (Paperback – 1 Feb 2007)

Contemporary manuals and accounts from the NFS and AFS periods.

  • Book List – contemporary books about Wartime Firefighting January 7, 2014 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 ...
  • In the Service of the Nation January 16, 2013 Owen Thompson, another re-enactor, has very kindly given me a slim book published in 1944 to raise funds for the NFS Benevolent Fund. It is full of lovely pictures by Fireman Reginald Mills, and although fictitious, is entirely based on real events. It describes a typical air raid from the NFS point of view, and ...