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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 2. There would be many differing reactions from people in Britain to the evacuation policy during the Second World War. The first group of people would be the children who were actually being moved away from their homes and everything they know to live in the country, away from there mothers and fathers and family to stay with people they do not know and have not met. I have two letters from http://www.eastwood.ngfl.ac.uk/Pages/evacuate.html to explain how children felt. These are actual wartime letters from two different children. It shows two points of view. The first letter says about seeing all the farmyard animals and making new friends, it shows the fact that it would be an adventure for the children. They would learn new skills in the country and discover new things. Many of the children would be well looked after and treated just like children of their own, but others would be beaten and abused, forced to do work on their farms and houses. ...read more.

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Although some of the children were treated badly on the whole they were well looked after by their fosterers. Many of them were eating healthily, washing properly and helping their fosterers who were treating them well. Fosterers were paid for the inconvience of looking after the children, this was for the price of feeding them and treating them. It was a lot different from life in the city and life away from their parents. This brings me on to my next point of how the parents feel about giving their children away for the length of the war and hardly getting the chance to see them. The children severely missed their mothers and fathers and a lot of them as young as four and five it was a big deal to be moved away from their parents like that. Although it was hard I am sure that most of the parents were happy that their children were away from the cities because it was much safer in the countryside. They would have kept in touch with their children with letters if they could read and would go and visit them if they had time. ...read more.

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It was the disabled, the pregnant and teachers to help the children keep on learning even though they were away from home. The government had many motives for the moving of children. First of all for propaganda reasons. By this it shows that they are a caring government who look after their people by moving the children away from danger. Second of all they were trying to keep up the morale of parents. If the parents of the children were not making the bombs and weapons and fighting the war then it would be all over. Also when the war is over the people will remember how the government cared and they stand a bigger chance of being re elected. Finally it takes pressure of government services like the emergency services. They would no have to worry about trying to find children who had gone missing and so on. Also it was known for children to go into bomb sites and try and find things of interest, such as bits of shrapnel from the bombs or planes, this would be a nightmare for the emergency services, with all the children away it would make life a lot easier for them and easier to do the jobs they should be doing. Word Count - 967 ...read more.

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