Oral History collection: Unknown interviewed by Glenys Bridges about Second World War and Three Nights' Blitz of Swansea.

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 216 TH 81
  • Dates of Creation
      n.d., c. 1980s
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      1 audio recording

Scope and Content

Track 1. [00:00:02] Social: First car was a Singer 9. [00:01:23] Social: Car was a top speed of 35 mph. [00:01:43] Social: They took 2 tents strapped to the car. [00:02:57] Social: No groundsheets for tents so farmer gave a bale of Hay to spread on the floor. Children slept in the car. [00:03:35] Social: Very long description of losing a jet from the engine, man going on a bike to find one, improvised one from a twig. [00:00:43] Social: Going on a holiday to Salisbury. No room for tin trunk on the car so they sent it by train.

Track 2. [00:01:16] Second World War: 20 single Policmen living in Central Police station - fought fires when not doing Police work. [00:02:21] Second World War: Ambulances from civil Defence at start of War. [00:03:11] Second World War: Recalls first enemy action on Swansea. [00:04:26] Second World War: Most people thought that the planes would not reach Swansea. [00:06:52] Second World War: Three night Blitz from the Police perspective. [00:07:40] Second World War: Took water from the swimming baths. Had to send to Swindon for hoses. [00:11:00] Second World War: Police attendance at air raids. [00:16:41] Second World War: Unexploded bomb in Castle street killed 9 soldiers trying to defuse it. [00:18:05] Second World War: Unexploded bomb in Phillips Parade killed a bomb disposal expert. [00:21:05] Second World War: Sirens sounding procedure. [00:23:39] Second World War: Dealing with Conscientious objectors. [00:26:21] Second World War: New interviewee - another Police Officer speaks about Police procedures during the war.