b'schemes. On the internet, someone who found aresidents and their roles in the Invasion Scheme. similar document in his area calls them War BooksHowever certain things do stand out.and provides this explanation: The document was typed, presumably by Rev. The History of WWII InvasionFawcett, in two colours. The headings are in black and the body of the text is in red. The whole document has Committee War Booksbeen hole-punched and secured with what appears to By Ian F Angusbe a shoe lace at the spine. Specially made front and According to the Imperial War Museum,back boards finish off the document and a tie-string in the face of the threat of a Germanhas been added to keep the document closed.invasion of this country in 1940, all localThe Scheme, as written up, was meant to be secret civilian responsibilities were made thewhile the threat of invasion loomed, only known to the concern of Invasion Committees, eachInvasion Committee and those specifically identified. of which looked after the interests of itsOne section is headed The FOLLOWING OFFICIALS own district. These committees were tocan be taken into consultation when their advice is prepare War Books in accordance with arequired. The names ofthose on the Committee and standard proforma issued by the Ministrythe Advisers are reproduced on the following page. of Home Security. Should hasty evacuationThere is evidence to suggest that many of the people become necessary, the war books were tonamed, other than the officials, had no idea of their be destroyed. There are twenty-two partslikely role should the planned for invasion take place.starting with a statement of the perceivedThe scheme covers the East end of the Civil Parish local invasion threat and continuing as aof Bishop Wilton. A separate Invasion Committee was very detailed list of local assets and personalformed for Youlthorpe with Gowthorpe.responsibilities with location and telephoneThe first meeting of the Committee was held in number of the various key individuals.April 1942. The Scheme as documented represents a final revision in February 1944. The Committee was Ian Angus, TD, B.Sc., is adisbanded on 23rd October 1944 after a letter from northcountryman but has lived in Devonthe Regional Commissioner dated 3rd October 1944.for 35 years. He is vice-chairman ofThe population at the time, including evacuees from the Lympstone Society with a particularHull, was estimated to be 474, with 370 in the village interest in aspects concerned with theand 104 outside.armed services. Since completing hisThe Scheme was produced in anticipation of a article he has circulated all Record OfficesGerman invasion and there are numerous mentions in the South West with consolidated lists ofof a possible receipt of Action Stations, hence the the results of his War Book studies.need for a Headquarters at the Vicarage and an http://www.britannia.com/lympstone/ alternative at the Fleece Inn, along with availability of warbook.html a small number of battery operated wireless receivers Nature and Content (in the event of the mains operated receivers being out of action). Although, as noted, There is a difficulty in It isnt easy to succinctly describe the documentreplacing dry batteries!as its main interest lies in the mention of Bishop Wilton 296 BULLETIN 16'