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Explain the differing reactions of people in Britain to the policy of evacuating children during the Second World War.

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Britain in the Second World War: Evacuation. Explain the differing reactions of people in Britain to the policy of evacuating children during the Second World War. At the start of the Second World War, many children living in big cities and towns were moved temporarily from their homes to places considered safer, usually out in the countryside. Children had labels attached to them, as though they were parcels. They often felt scared about being away from their families. In this essay I'm going to explain the differing reactions of the citizens in Britain to the policy of evacuation in World War 2, from the children's/ evacuee's point of view, the parents and the Governments point of view. Children being evacuated in WW2 were very affected by the policy; they were being forced to leave their homes and most of the time their families behind in high/medium risk area's of air raids. ...read more.

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An example of poster propaganda in WW2 would be "Help your children, help the war effort and help yourselves ". On the whole though the parents were happier that their children were safe, plus it meant that they were rid of the responsibilities of looking after the children and that they could help the war effort more for a better way of life. But despite them knowing their children would be safe, they still were unhappy as they were lonely with any husband or children to keep them company anymore, also they didn't know where their children were going or who they would be staying with; abuse was very common in those times. British citizens were also affected by evacuation as it was made compulsory to take in evacuated children, the foster parents would be given around 50p a week or 10 shillings a week to help feed the children as the foster parents didn't have to cloth the children. ...read more.

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The Government weren't affect as much as most, but they did play a massive part in the persuasion of mums letting their children be evacuated. They did this by the means of radio, posters and rallies etc. To conclude my essay, 1000 of the children were brought home within the 1st months of them being evacuated, this then lead to the phoney war. In my opinion the greatest factor that affected the most people was the fact that parents were having to let their children go away from them, this meant that morale was lowered and the war effort was slowed down. But eventually after realising that their children would be safer away from them, their morale was lifted and the war effort was moving along greatly meaning a greater British Army. In summary to this essay I feel I have explained as thoroughly as I can all the different types of people that were affected by the policy of evacuation in World War 2. By Adam Myers. Adam Myers 10H ...read more.

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