Compilation of extracts from British Government public information broadcasts on the outbreak of the Second World War, 1939
Track 1: All theatres, cinemas and places of entertainment, are to be closed immediately until further notice [00'08]
Track 2: Sports gatherings, and all gatherings for purposes of entertainment and amusement, whether outdoor of indoor, which involve large numbers congregating together, are prohibited until further notice. This refers especially to gatherings for purposes of entertainment. But people are earnestly requested not to crowd together unnecessarily in any circumstances. [00'28]
Track 3: Air Raid Warnings. As from now, no hooter or siren may be sounded except on the instructions of the police. In the event of threatened air raids warnings, will be given in urban areas by means of sirens or hooters, which will be sounded in some places by short intermittent blasts, and in other places by a warbling note, changing every few seconds. [00'29]
Track 4: The warning may also be given by short blasts on police whistles. When you hear any of these sounds, take shelter. [00'09]
Track 5: Carry your gas mask with you always. [00'04]
The 'Blitz' – from the German term Blitzkrieg ('lightning war') – was the sustained campaign of aerial bombing attacks on British towns and cities carried out by the Luftwaffe (German Air Force) from September 1940 until May 1941.