Take Cover

The picture below shows three Anderson Shelters after a bombing raid.

The shelters were made from corrugated iron. Curved sections were bolted togetherĀ at the top to form an archway. A flat section was added to each end of the archway.

The entire structure was embedded in a hole in the ground and the turf and soil that was dug out to make the hole were then put over the top of the whole shelter to form an extra protective layer.

The Anderson Shelters were a common sight in many parts of the country, however, the council for South Shields did not issue this type of shelter.

The Home Front in Britain during the Second World War HU36196

By Press Agency photographer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Instead, the council built concrete shelters in peoples’ gardens. The concrete shelters were a very basic construction with one door and one metal escape hatch.

Concrete Air Raid Shelter as described by a resident of Jarrow upon Tyne

Concrete Air Raid Shelter as described by a resident of Jarrow upon Tyne

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