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Evacuation in Britain in WWII Sources Questions

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Michael Dickinson 11-1 1 May, 2007 Evacuation in Britain in WWII 1. Which source is more useful Source B or C? Both Source B and C could both be useful, in the own quite different ways. Source B is a snap shot of a single place at one particular time. You can see the children, some of them looking happy even possibly excited. However some of the children are looking fairly miserable. There is an adult at the front, which I would imagine is a teacher. There are also adults towards the back of the photo who are slightly further away from the children. I would presume they are parents because they are wearing aprons. This source could be very useful but there are set backs. The photo is only showing one point in time, and could possibly be staged. I think that the other source, Source C, is more useful to us than source B. ...read more.

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I know that if I was in a bath with three other people I wouldn't be very happy. Also there is the very prominent soap dish in the bath at the front. The shows that the photo is not just trying to say that evacuees are enjoying themselves, it is also saying that they are being well looked after. 3. Why are the accounts in Source E and F so different? The reason that Source E and F are so different is because of the wide range of people that where evacuated. The person writing in Source E is a mother of a host family, who has received children, who are of a low class, and would have probably been living in inner city slums, which might not of had a toilet. The account in Source F on the other hand is quite different because I would imagine the person telling the account is from a middle or upper class person, who was actually evacuated. ...read more.

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However saying this the story will not all be based on fact, as the story would not be interesting enough. Therefore we must be careful what is based of fact and what is complete fiction when reading this type of source. 7. Do you agree or disagree with the statement "Evacuation was a great success" I think this is not at all true. Evacuation was a success to start off with, it was very well organised at the point of organising transport and getting children to the countryside. However when it came to the other end, when they where received in the countryside, I think that was where it all went wrong. Children where not placed in 'suitable' homes, people just came and 'picked' them. This lead to children being put into totally alien environments, which ultimately led to children getting distressed and coming home. Also I think that they where evacuated at the wrong time when there were no bombs. The bombs started when most of them had come home. ...read more.

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