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Britain in the Second World War: The evacuation of British children.

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History Cwk Britain in the Second World War: The evacuation of British children Question One There are several reasons why the British government evacuated children from the major cities at the start of the Second World War, which were pivotal to the defeat of Germany in the Second World War. It was obvious that the Germans were going to attack by air and the British government expected it. The British government had to take precautions to protect its civilians from bombings and other attacks. The attacks were expected to be aimed at major cities to destroy industry, especially munitions factories. ...read more.


A high morale at home would elevate the soldier's fighting spirit knowing their home front are supporting them. This would be especially effective towards fathers who had gone to war, reassuring them that their children would remain safe while they were fighting for their country. While evacuation took place, the parents of the children could carry on with their lives without worry, knowing that their children were safe. It especially reassured the women, and enabled them to become more involved in the war effort. This would have boosted the produce of the munitions factories, which were vital for the British, as the women became more involved and worked harder for the country. ...read more.


To conclude I think the British government decided to evacuate because they predicted that this war might involve more fighting on the home front. With more planes in use it would be easier to bring the war over to Britain and more civilians would be injured. As this was a risk, by evacuating to towns less likely to be bombed they would reduce the death rate. They chose children for evacuation because the parents involved in the war effort would be able to concentrate and wouldn't have to worry about the safety of their child. Also children are the next generation and if they were killed there would be no one to pick up the pieces after the war and in years to come. Word count:495 ...read more.

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