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There are many reasons why children in the First World War were evacuated.

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  • Submitted: 17/09/2003
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AS and A Level Developmental Psychology

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There are many reasons why children in the First World War were evacuated. One of the main reasons was the fear of bomb and gas attacks. This was a big problem because the advancement in technology since the First World War the government knew and expected that cities would be bombed, and thought that gas would be used.

Early on it was made clear that an invasion was imminent and that when the war started there would be devastating air raids. there was however a new fear the fear of gas from the air. So early posters showed women and children against a backdrop of devastation. It was feared that there would be many casualties and lots of them would be children. After Dunkirk in 1940 Britain was close to invasion. So pressure was put on parents to send the children to the safety of the countryside.

The government knew that if they called off the evacuation and let the children stay in the cities when the air raids started there would be lots of deaths because of collapsing buildings. also the damaged buildings would not be safe. Because children would play on them and this

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