Thinking the Unthinkable
The poster shown below, to inform the British people of the proclamation by the king of a state of imminent national danger, was one of thousands dispatched in sealed packages to be held at police stations and government offices around the country. The "imminent national danger" referred to was, in fact, an invasion of Britain by the Germans. As this never materialised, thanks to the outstanding achievements of the RAF in the Battle of Britain, the proclamation was never made and the packages remained sealed until the end of the war, when one was opened to see what it contained. In addition to the poster was a letter instructing the recipient to make sure that the posters were put up immediately, hiring cars if necessary to ensure their distribution throughout the police division.
© Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service
Staffordshire Record Office, C/PC/12/1/10/7
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