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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 Explain the differing reactions of people in Britain to the policy of evacuating children during the Second World War. There were a variety of reactions towards the evacuation of children in World War 2. Everyone was affected by the evacuation but the main reaction was that it was needed. I am going to look at different groups and what their reactions would have been towards the evacuation. Firstly I think I should look at the children themselves. Many children would have wanted the evacuation, as they would be concerned for their safety. Children would naturally be afraid of air bombings and the sound and sights of bombs would horrify them. If it meant they were safe I'm sure they wouldn't mind leaving their homes. Well I definitely think that the more mature children would definitely not mind leaving. Many children then lived in poverty, and would not get to go on holiday; this would then be like a long holiday for them. Many children enjoyed the evacuation as they experienced new sights and new surroundings. An example of this is in the " A Coursework Sources Booklet On : the evacuation of British children in the Second World War". On page 6 source 14, a boys says, "instead of having to play cricket in the garden, we went bird nesting". ...read more.

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Some may feel that they would be safer at home "though this was obviously no the case). They may also find themselves very lonely, their husbands had gone and now their children, and there now would be less help around the house Also mothers are very protective of their children and they may worry that their children may get ill or hurt, and if this was the case they would feel they should be there to care for them. I now think it is appropriate to look at the reaction of the fathers. As with the mothers I feel the majority of fathers would welcome the evacuations, as they could respect that it was for their safety. They would welcome it as it would be very comforting knowing their children were safe, and they knew that if they felt this way they could fight with more heart, effort and overall increase moral. So contributing to the war effort. But like the mothers some would oppose it. There concerns would have be the same as the mothers. Also they may feel that they should be there for their mothers as they would be alone, and that the mothers would also need some protection. I will now look how the British Government reacted to the evacuations. It was the Government who issued the evacuations and therefore would obviously support it. The Government was acting on the opposing danger, which would gain support with the public, if they were acting on the ...read more.

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There would have been some people who didn't have or couldn't have children, and this meant that for a temporary basis they were parents. Some would feel that being so far away from cities made it impossible to help the war effort, but this was the opportunity to do so, and so the would welcome it. But many would not like the evacuations. Many of the hosts were elderly and they may have found the children very hyper-active and too much. They would not enjoy the company of the evacuees. Many of the children may have been seen as very common. The hosts may not like this as the children may be very disrespectful and rude. They would obviously not want people like this under their roofs. In the booklet page6, source 15, it says how the children had to be "fumigated" (gassed), this suggests how dirty and unhygienic they were. People did not want to live with children this dirty. It also says many children suffered from "scabies" and "sceptic sores". Again suggesting how dirty and unhygienic they were. I think it just depended on what the children were like, if they were pleasant and clean you were likely to enjoy the experience. If they were crude and dirty you'd probably hate it. In conclusion to this the evacuation of children was supported by many. Most people accepted it was the correct action to take. They felt it was necessary that the children were safe as they would be a major role to Britain in the future. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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