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"Evacuation was a great success" Do I agree or disagree with this interpretation? Explain your answer.

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"Evacuation was a great success" Do I agree or disagree with this interpretation? Explain your answer. As the last days of peace lasted away in 1939, more than 3.5 million children were taken from their homes as part of a Government plan to evacuate largest mass movement of people ever seen in Britain. The evacuations were planned against a series of hugely exaggerated estimates of the potential effects of the German bombs. According to official, pre-war calculations, more than 100,000 tons of German bombs would be dropped on Britain in the first two weeks of the war alone. In fact, less that 65,000 tons were dropped throughout the entire war. The evacuation of cities at the start of World War II was the biggest and most concentrated mass movement of people, in the first four days of September 1939 alone; nearly 3,000,000 people were transported from towns and cities in danger from enemy bombers to places of safety in the countryside. ...read more.

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The painful memories John Abbot spoke about where horrifying. His host family, who enjoyed good food whilst John was given a diet of nothing more than mashed potatoes, stole his rations. He was horsewhipped for speaking out and, with a bruised and bleeding body, was eventually taken in by the police. A couple of days ago my class spoke to a dinner lady at our school called Edna. She was evacuated at the age of two. She travelled to Wales and was separated from her older Brothers and Sisters. A member of my class asked 'How do you feel about evacuation?' Edna paused a moment and replied "I have mixed feels...evacuation saved lives, I mean a bomb actually dropped on my house so if I stayed...but the bad point for me was growing up in Wales where I grew up thinking my name was 'the little English girl' and was beaten my second guardians, for wetting the bed, but I was young." ...read more.

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For many it was a life-enhancing, mind-broadening experience, leaving them with memories they treasure to this day. Of course, it would be wrong to suppose that evacuation under the Government scheme was one long misery for most of those involved. Clearly it was only a minority that were ill treated, but it did happen. Looking at figures that I have read, out of the 450 ex evacuates interviewed only 12% of them say they suffered some sort of mental, physical or specifically sexual abuse, But sadly for that minority deep scars lie just below the surface. I have thus come to the conclusion that evacuation was a great success in saving lives. So I say it has to be credited with a success, but if your asking whether evacuation was a success in organisation I would say no, as there were many cock-ups. Also evacuation was the best way of keeping the everyday people safer from air raids even if they were over exaggerated. Marcus Brooks- Henderson. ...read more.

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