This page contains, in my opinion, some of the more useful sections of the Royal Observer Corps "Standard Operating Procedures". These give an insight into the operation of post instruments and operating procedures at Group Controls. Sections relating to operation of battery charging generators or reporting forms are excluded due to the time it takes to scan these documents which will be of little interest to visitors to this website.
Parts of the training manual relating to the effects of nuclear weapons, the structure of the U.K.W.M.O. and history of the ROC are included too.
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ROC Training Manual
Training Manual Section 5 - The United Kingdom Warning and Monitoring Organisation
Eleven pages giving an overview the function of the organisation, its communication paths during the attack warning and fallout warning phases.
Training Manual Section 6 - Effects of Nuclear Weapons
Eleven pages explaining the heat, blast and radiation effects caused by the weapons and fallout protection.
ROC Standard Operating Procedures
Annex A - Writing / Speaking Instructions
How to pronounce the Phonetic Alphabet, time format and instrument reading formats.
Annex B - The Loudspeaker Telephone
Use of the teletalk telephone and test facilities.
Annex C - Post Display Plotting
Procedures for handling and displaying the reports from posts.
Annex E - TOCSIN and TOCSIN BANG Procedures
Handling and passing of bomb detonation information at Group and Sector headquarters level. 13 Pages
Annex L 1 - Bomb Power Indicator
3 Pages describing the unit, preparation and operation.
Annex L 2 - Ground Zero Indicator
Covers all aspects of the GZI, changing papers and interpreting the spot position.
Annex L 3 - Fixed Survey Meter
Description and taking readings.
Annex L 7 - Personal Dose Meter
Its internal construction and use.
Annex L 8 - Dose Meter Charger
How to charge and reset the personal dose meter.
Annex L 9 - Hand Operated Siren
Assembly and use of siren.
Annex L 10 - Fallout Maroon
Peacetime preparation of firing locations. Instruction for operation.
Annex P - Carrier Receiver
Routine tests and wartime operation.
Annex T 2 - Reporting Sequence
A word for word format for exchanging TOCSIN, Explosions heard,Nuclear Burst and Fallout messages.
Annex V - Forms and Formats
This is the index for paper forms and VDU screen formats. The appendix containing these forms and formats are not included. In many cases a paper form has a matching VDU screen format.
Annex X - Warning Keyboard Procedures
The warning keyboard operator is in contact with the Carrier Control Points and passes attack and fallout messages to them.
Annex Y - Log Charts
Plotting of fallout measurements.
H O Documents
RN4 Operating Instructions
Home Office Emergency Planning Division Operating Instructions for UKWMO Group to Post Radio Scheme (RN4). Describes the post radio and pump up mast as well as the operation at the Group HQ. 43 Pages
BT Maintenance Procedures
E8 K4702 ROC Communications Network [ERA 1]
The AD 3460 (Grey Box) Teletalk and Switching of Emergency Circuits for exercises and tests.
Diagram Notes for the AD8010 Teletalk [ERA 2]
The Yellow folding type of Teletalk. Notes to accompany diagram ADW 8010 (Which I don't have).