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IN WHAT WAYS, AND TO WHAT EXTENT, WERE PEOPLE'S LIVES AFFECTED BY WORLD WAR II? Everyone was affected in the World War II and many people were for the rest of their lives. All men, women and children had to change their way of life to some extent. Life became very hard. One of the reasons why people's lives were affected was because of the raids. Raids seriously affected general life of the public every time you heard the siren go off you had to stop what you were doing and go in your shelter or the closest tube station to you, this mainly happened at night times so getting out of bed when the weather is not very nice would not be the nicest thing in the world. Everyone was also was handed gas masks encase of any gas bombs as you can imagine this would have been very annoying speaking to your neighbour wearing one of these and it would have been very hard to understand them because this makes a funny noise every time you spoke, so when the two ladies are speaking over the fence (in source1 booklet general) it would have been impossible to understand each other. This picture was created to boost people's confidence saying life carried on the same as any other normal day. ...read more.


How they went around this is by using a ballot of these young men and 1 in10 men were sent to the mines instead of war, this system came across in 1943, the men were known as the ''Bevin Boys''. You couldn't refuse to do this you were jailed as it says in source 1 Men '' some boys who refused were jailed this was written by Angus Calder in 1969''. But the crisis of the coal was avoided. Older men also wanted to do what they could in the war, so they joined the local defence volunteers but the public saw this as a joke as it shows you in source 2 men, a cartoon off these men looking over weight and poorly trained and the public who read these cartoons were basically laughing at them. There were receiving poor training using sticks for guns and training in the local farms. But whilst this was happening younger fitter men were being trained by army officers being taught how to use a riffle and how to cope in war they were the sort of men you would expect to see in war, it also shows a picture of these men in source 3 Men. Men also did lots of other duties for the public service such as milkman, postman and some men joined the CVP or the ARP air raid precautions. ...read more.


The rules of the house would have been very different like taking your shoes off and washing your hands before dinner. Many of the children unfortunately suffered from child abuse and some weren't feed so when there parents came to visit they were shocked to see the children was looking unhealthy and skinny and had bruises over his or her body, in source 4 a girl who was an evacuee tells you how she wasn't feed properly and her parents did not realise this until her oldest brother who was in the RAF read between the lines and came to get her out off there . Many parents didn't realise what was going on and left there. But in many cases it was hard to find a home for the child to stay at they knock on door to door seeing if they would take a child so as the numbers go down there was only a few left which happened to be either black or Asian kids they didn't blame the people though there wasn't many different race's of kids in those days this is a quote from source 5 in the Children booklet written in 1998. As I have come to my conclusion I have found out that everyone was affected during World War II not matter how big or small everyone's lives changed some how. But what these people did to help win the War really did help, and we can only thank those people who put their lives at risk to help Britain win the War. ...read more.

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