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"Evacuation was a great success" Do you agree or disagree with this interpretation?

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  • Submitted: 17/09/2003
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GCSE Britain 1905-1951

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"Evacuation was a great success" by Jamie Clarke

Do you agree or disagree with this interpretation?

Explain your answer using the sources and knowledge from your own studies

In the first world war , German air raids killed1, 1413 people. By the 1930's bombers were much bigger and British Government planners expected far greater casualties. They estimated that 600, 000 people would be killed in a few days. They also expected the use of biological weapons in the form of poison gas. From as early as 1935 plans were made to evacuate all children, pregnant mothers, mothers with young children and disabled people from the major cities of Britain, to much safer rural areas. On 1 September 1939 as war became more likely these plans were put into action. Over 4 days using buses and 4,00 special trains, 1,5million people were evacuated successfully

To define evacuation to either success or failure is almost impossible. It was different in the minds of different people. The different sources given do not help in defining evacuation in to just one category. Source A is a negative view on evacuation. It tells of how the culture shock is

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