Activity 2: What would you do?
If you had been alive in the war years, and had been old enough, what would you have done to help?
Of course, if you were over eighteen and fit enough to serve in the armed forces, you would have had to join the Army, Royal Navy or Royal Air Force. But if you were not serving in one of these, which of the other jobs would you have applied to do to help?
Research one of the jobs needing to be done in Norwich. The Norwich at War book will give you some ideas, and you can use other research sources to help.
● Your local or school library
● On the Internet, perhaps through special reference sites
● Talking to your grandparents
● Visiting one of the Norwich or Norfolk museums
Here are some of the jobs mentioned in the Norwich at War book. You can try and research one of these - or one of the many other voluntary organisations that had a special role in the war.
The ARP - Air Raid Precautions - had begun to operate before the war. Volunteers were called for and organised into groups throughout the city.
What sort of tasks did the ARP wardens undertake? How did they communicate their information? When did they have to work? What equipment were they trained to use?
The picture shows the wardens based at the Good Companions pub in Norwich.
ATS - the Auxiliary Territorial Service
AFS - Auxiliary Fire Service
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