[Printed 'RESTRICTED' British Civil Defence pamphlet with enamel 'I.C.D.S.' (Instructor Civil Defence School) badge.] Civil Defence. Notes for Volunteers. [With sections on 'Atomic Warfare', 'Chemical Warfare' and 'Biological Warfare'.]

[I.C.D.S.; British Civil Defence, 1955; Civil Defence School; Atomic Warfare; Biological Warfare; Chemical weapons; nuclear war]
Publication details: 
At foot of final page: '(1204) WT. 39620. [number of copies:] 22,500 [date of publication, i.e. July 1955:] 7/55 [printer:] D & G Ltd.'
SKU: 15306

39pp., small 4to. Stud-bound in brown card printed wraps. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with crease to front cover, to which the enamel badge is also attached, beside the ownership signature of 'E J Sayer' (Downing Street secretary Elizabeth Sayer, later Cooper.). First page dated in pencil '8th Sept', and pencil note in text of the 'permitted dose' of radiation. At head of front cover: 'ESTACIDVOL Code 5-96-0', and at foot: 'RESTRICTED | The information given in this document is not to be communicated, either directly or indirectly, to the Press or to any person not authorised to receive it.' Printed inside the front cover: 'The accompanying notes have been prepared for your guidance. Additional information is contained in the Home Office Civil Defence Training Manuals which may be obtained on loan through your Instructor.' Divided into the main sections: Civil Defence Organisation; Fire Fighting; High Explosive Missiles; Atomic Warfare; Biological Warfare; Chemical Warfare; Protective Measures. Also present is a full-page 'Civil Defence Report Form'. The first section begins: 'Civil Defence is the responsibility of the Central Government and needs the assistance of Local Authorities, Industry and public bodies of many kinds. It includes all measures short of actual combat necessary to mitigate the effects of enemy attack.' The 'Atomic Warfare' section is divided into four subsections: Features of Atomic Explosion; Delayed Radiation Risks; Radiation Sickness; Individual Dosimeter. The enamel badge is roughly 2.5 x 2cm, and features red and blue enamel on brass. It consists of a crown topping a circle, the latter having an image of a lion surrounded by a blue border with 'I.C.D.S.' The pamphlet is scarce: no copy on OCLC WorldCat and the only copy on COPAC at the Imperial War Museum.