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We had not thought that we would have to fight in darkness, or that light would be our enemy. From Thurso to Truro, from Hastings to Holyhead, Britain was plunged into darkness at sunset on 1 September, two days before war was declared. Street lights were switched off at the mains, vehicle headlights were masked to show only a crack of light, and stations were lit by candles. The nation endured this enforced darkness until 23 April10 days after the liberation of Belsen, when the allied armies were advancing rapidly towards Berlin in a final pincer Housewives looking real sex NJ Colts neck 7722. This was not Britain's first brush with the blackout: a limited version had been introduced in during the first world war, when German zeppelins began to drop bombs on their enemy.
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To police the new blackout, in March the Home Office appealed for"citizen volunteers" to be trained as air raid precautions ARP wardens, rather unfairly immortalised in the television series Dad's Army officiously telling householders to "put out that light".
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Blackout rehearsals became routine from early Householders were urged to check for light leaks at ground level, while RAF bombers flew overhead to check from. During an exercise in Suffolk in Aprilthe illuminated clock at Ipswich town hall stood out like a beacon as no one could discover how to switch it off.
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This was the real ificance of the blackout — it masked points of reference on the ground. Luftwaffe pilots identified targets using pre-war maps coupled with up-to-date reconnaissance photographs, but they needed to correlate these with landmarks on the ground. Tests by the RAF revealed the extent to which lack of lights on the ground confused even British pilots attempting to find landmarks.
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Ordinary blackout curtains could not be washed, as this was apt to make them let through light. The government, therefore, issued a leaflet telling people to "hoover, shake, brush then iron" — the latter to make them more light-proof. By the time war broke out, blackout at street level was more complete than from above, as Londoner Phylllis Warner described in her diary: "For the first minute going out of doors one is completely bewildered, then it is a matter of groping forward with nerves as well as hands outstretched.
One never knows what is in front of one beyond a distance of about three feet. A coroner in Birmingham told old people to keep off the streets after dark, suggesting routine visits to the pub in the evening had to be relinquished for the war effort, as so many were killed when they stepped from pub into darkened street.
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Sales of walking sticks, torches and batteries rocketed, as collisions even between pedestrians were common. Rail travel, too, was made more difficult by the blackout. In darkened railway goods yards, porters struggled to read labels on freight travelling by train at night, which led to increasing delays for passengers.
When they did travel, people had to sit in carriages shrouded by blinds, lit by cold blue lights, and patrolled by new lighting attendants whose job was to check the blackout. Thousands struggled to work on gloomy winter mornings on buses whose s were now unlit, Beautiful wife seeking nsa Jacksonville therefore of uncertain destination unless announced by a conductor.
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Shops did at least allow staff to leave early so they could travel home safely, while the BBC Home Service urged people to look on the bright side, broadcasting talks to encourage them to look at the stars, which were "all the better for the blackout". Home-based hobbies such as indoor photography grew in popularity, and people made music rather than venturing out in the evening to hear it played.
It must have been some compensation to know that blackout was a common experience throughout the world. Three months after the outbreak of war, British newspapers reported that the Germans had developed luminous blackout paint in the colours of the rainbow to highlight kerbstones and pillars at railway stations.
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