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Britain in the Second World War: The Evacuation of British Children.

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GCSE History Coursework Britain in the Second World War: The Evacuation of British Children. Question 1. The British Government decided to evacuate children from all the major cities and move them to the country where they were less likely to get bombed. Major amounts of people got moved. 827,000 school children. 524,000 mothers and young children. 13,000 pregnant women. 103,000 teachers. 7000 blind and disabled people. (Letts History guide page 74.) If you take away this many people from a country then you take away this many people your taking away a lot of the population. Children are around a third of the country and if you remove them from the cities then you take away the stress on the emergency forces like the Police and ambulances. ...read more.


It would also allow them to think only about the fighting and make them better soldiers. This would also be the same for the children's mothers, who were playing a vital role for the government making munitions and keeping the countries war effort alive. If there children got sick they would have to take days off work to look after them, and during the day they would be constantly worried about them and would not make as many weapons and so forth. If they knew that there children would be safe away from the cities and having fun in the country then they would be generally happy, safe and healthy then they would work better, quicker and like the government more. ...read more.


It was good propaganda. If the Government moved all the children away from the major cities then they knew they would look good for them. It would appear that they are doing something for all of there people who were helping their war effort. So if they showed that they were caring and looked after the innocent victims of the war, and that they cared for the innocents then they would look generally better in the eyes of the people. Another reason why the government evacuated the children from major cities was because they were the British of the future. The next generation of Britain would need all of these children, instead of thousands of innocent children dieing needlessly in bombing raids, they would live to grow up to be the next scientists and doctors and people who are needed in a post war Britain. ...read more.

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