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Why did the British government decide to evacuate children from Britain's major cities at the start of World War 2?

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Why did the British government decide to evacuate children from Britain's major cities at the start of World War 2? At the outbreak of war in September 1939 the British government decided to evacuate children, among other vulnerable members of society, out of major and industrial cities. There were many reasons for evacuation, the most obvious one being to keep children out of danger from being bombed. There were many fears that the bombing would start straight away and if it was going to, then after seeing the films of the German Luftwaffe carpet bombing Guernica to ...read more.

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If parents knew that their children were safe then the overall morale would be much higher, because they knew they would only have to look after themselves while their children weren't on their minds. The higher morale could also lead to more efficient work.On the subject of work; mothers would also be freed up from their motherly duties to go to work in the factories, which would help to increase production for the war effort. There could also be increased food production in the countryside because of the evacuated children working on the farms, this was especially important at the times of food shortages in the country. ...read more.

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The children and other vulnerable people were evacuated so they wouldn't hinder other people's chances of safety. Like blind people blocking openings to shelters or children slowing down their parents. There are many reasons for evacuation being used in WW2, yet I have concluded that keeping the children safe because they are Britain's future is the most significant point. I think this because if German bombings were successful many children would've died in WW2. That would've meant the future of Britain would have disappeared. A whole generation would've been wiped out and thousands of parents would've been distraught and the morale of the British people would've been extremely low, which ultimately could've led to defeat. Richard Flanagan ...read more.

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