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Evacuation was a great success? In 1939 the Second World War broke out. The government made plans for the evacuation of all children from Britain's large cities. Sir john Anderson, who was placed in charge of the scheme, decided to divide the country into three areas: evacuation (people living in urban districts where heavy bombing raids could be expected); neutral (areas that would neither send nor take evacuees) and reception (rural areas where evacuees would be sent). This would change many people's lives, especially children. They were made to evacuate the city or town they live in, leaving behind their home and family. However, it was not just children who where evacuated, teachers where as well. They were to accompany the children. There where also handicapped people. Some people were reluctant to move and only 47 per cent of the schoolchildren, and about one third of the mothers went to the designated areas. ...read more.


She talks about how the children only muttered, as they were too frightened to talk. She's tells us that the mothers weren't allowed with them. She also says that they had no idea were they were going. This can show that they where in a such a hurry to be evacuated they where not even told where they were going! Source A on the other hand is a photo taken at the point where a teacher and children are being evacuated however, the children are all waving and smiling. This would have been a good propaganda stunt to encourage other children and mums that it was a good thing for the children to go away as all the children in the photo are smiling. It was not all good though, as some children were sent to boarding school and orphanages. For a couple months of the war, the people off Britain named it the phoney war. ...read more.


Some factors that could deter the evacuations success are: people had a lot of fear of evacuation, people did not want to leave their family and some people could not be bothered to leave. Source E is an interview with a man who has a young boy. They ask him about how he feels about the evacuation. For example "What do you think the people feel about evacuating the children" he replies, "People are so funny here first they'll send them and then say they wont"! This shows that people were still not sure weather to evacuate in 1940. However, this still does not tell us if evacuation was a success. The evacuation in the "blitz" was very effective and saved lots of children's lives from the bombs. If there hadn't of been an evacuation, it would most certainly have been devastating for the children and most would have killed or left homeless! Even if they had survived the "blitz" it would have of left them in an awful state. So on this occasion evacuation was a success. ...read more.

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