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Why Did The British Government Decide To Evacuate Children At The Start Of World War Two?

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Why Did The British Government Decide To Evacuate Children At The Start Of World War Two? Evacuation for many people was a mixed experience; you had you either ended up in a comfortable environment (rare) or you ended up with not the best of times. But the questions is not whether evacuees enjoyed their experience, it is a case of why they were evacuated. In this piece of writing I am going to inform you of the reasons as to why children were evacuated and the reasons behind this process. In 1936, the London Council decided to plan ahead for the evacuation process by having air raid precautions begin at such an early stage. The main reason for this will have been the fact that this sort of system will have been very new to everyone in the city and they had to get it right in time in case of any early bombings; war was beginning to look very likely in the future. Also in 1936, going to see a film was a very popular thing to do; therefore cinema audiences saw a Newsreel film of the bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War by Germans. Many people who would have seen the films of Guernica may have thought that this was the time the government had chosen to start precautions therefore the government had to start their planning. The people now realised just what they might be facing in the future from the Germans in the very near future. ...read more.


Also, pregnant mothers who went with their other children could be kept safe too to protect their new born baby expected to be arriving and this would make sure they could have their baby without a problem. This also links in with the fact that this would reduce child care problems for the future and this way by having the children evacuated nothing could happen to them. There would always be the chance that children would get up to mischief and they could easily get in the way of the most important things like carrying dead bodies away and that this could cause problems in the city's community, having them far away would mean there would be no reason to worry about this. Children would also be safe from any bomb scares and would not have any chance of being injured with such things as bomb rubble and would not to have gone through the process of being scared as to seeing injured people/dead bodies etc. Many people's morale would be boosted by this and in actual fact the people who thought they were safe for definite would feel that the government was actually doing them a favour by getting their children out of the cities (in most circumstances, the people were not definitely safe and the government would lie to them). So by people thinking the government was helping them, they would support other moves that they had ready to save Britain. ...read more.


for injured and for other used in the help for war In conclusion, there were many reasons as to why children were evacuated before the start of World War Two, and these reasons all make sense. By evacuating all of these children the British government made people feel safe, made people less panicky, freed up space, made people work harder with the war effort and protected the future of the British nation and economy by doing that much more in helping with the war effort.. Overall, evacuation was a success for the reasons I have just stated and it did no one any harm. Maybe some evacuees didn't have the best of experiences but at least they were alive, they had survived the threat of war and that is exactly what the British government wanted to happen. The British government weren't exactly always honest with the people, yet in some ways this helped as people didn't feel the need to panic and people got on with their jobs with less doubt in their mind. Britain obviously went on to win the war and the government at the time will say that having the children evacuated played a huge part of the reason as to why less casualties occurred and why we won the war, and to a certain degree this is entirely true. People had to work hard and believe in each other and they did. From all the above reasons, this is why evacuation for children occurred. ?? ?? ?? ?? Michael Carney 10TT History Coursework - Evacuation ...read more.

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