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Ryan Loversidge Evacuation in the second world war. Source A is quite helpful as it fits in with my knowledge of that time. Photographs are more reliable 'as a camera never lies' but using my knowledge the scene for this one could easily have been staged. It shows all the children walking to the station looking cheerful and waving to the camera. In reality children may have been happy believing they were moving too safer places but not to the extent as depicted (shown) in the photograph. A lot of children would have been distraught having to leave their parents to go to live in strange places. This photograph shows no evidence of distressed children or parents. The picture used may have been a morale boosting exercise for the country, implying that evacuation was an exciting prospect. On the other hand Source B maybe more genuine as this was taken from an interview with a teacher who recalls being evacuated with her pupils. Although this is still the viewpoint of one person, the women had no reason to lie or exaggerate. ...read more.


To my knowledge the government didn't show this contrast; it was always indicated that the children were going to be in a better, safer place. Personally I would agree with the governments idea to reassure parents that their children were going to be safer in the countryside. If they had show the down side of evacuation then some parents would not have agreed to let their children go. Although the accounts are contrasting they only express one view and they were both given in 1988. I would agree that Source F is an accurate summary of evacuation. The writer had obviously researched the subject. It would have been true to say "many of the evacuees could not settle in the countryside" as town and country life is very different. It is understandable that living away from home is difficult enough without the added fear of not knowing whether you will see your parents again. From my knowledge of other sources I know that there was a lot of poverty in towns and cities and because of this the "reports of children 'fouling' gardens, hair crawling with lice, and bed wetting" are probably accurate. ...read more.


We must remember that the interviews took place nearly 50 years later and that each one was only one experience. However they may be more conclusive as they had first hand experience of being there and would not have had any reason to lie. Source F is taken from a History book, this would have meant the writer would have had to research this part of the war thoroughly. The experience is not first hand so could be deemed less reliable or it could be said that it gives a wider view. Source G is an extract from the British film 'Hope and Glory'. Although loosely based on fact films are generally made to entertain those who watch them not develop their knowledge. To a degree I would agree with the statement "Evacuation was a great success", as without it many thousands of children would have died in the blitz. Times were very uncertain for everyone and it was widely felt that the children would be safer away from the large cities. Although this was the case, the evacuation was a very emotional 'roller coaster' and its affects lived on in the lives of many. ...read more.

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