• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Explain the differing reactions of people in Britain to the policy of evacuating children in World War II:

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Explain the differing reactions of people in Britain to the policy of evacuating children in World War II: The trepidation of aerial bombing gripped Britain as a nation, as uncensored images of Hitler's Condor Legion reduced the Basque's holy city of Guernica to rubble .The world recognized Hitler fascist regime, and acknowledged Hitler's supreme air power and its ability to obliterate cities. This terrified the British public, and alarmed the government; as the First World War experience with the air Zeppelin, still left its stigma on British hearts. The government had to devise a plan to protect its future generation and army. They called this plan 'operation pied piper' ironically named after the rather menacing German folktale. This was the biggest and most concentrated mass movement of people in Britain's History. In the first four days of this regime 'in September 1939, nearly 3,000,000 people were transported from towns and cities in danger from enemy bombers to places of safety in the countryside'. By any measure it was an astonishing event, a logistical nightmare of co-ordination and control .Lord Balfour mentioned: 'unremitting bombardment of a kind that no other city has ever had to endure,' it was even predicted that in London alone that civilian causalities would amount to four million alone. ...read more.

Middle

The humiliating and daunting experiences of the 'slave auction' left children feeling empty and dehumanised 'nobody wanted to be picked last,' these children were usually poor children who appeared unclean and scruffy. Firstly if we look at this piece, written by the daily mirror a picture caption: 'aren't they happy,' from hindsight we can acknowledge, how the daily mirror has used government propaganda to fa´┐Żade the pessimistic side of evacuees ,with illustrations of children playing on beaches. In contrast to this image we can look at this piece of evidence an account from an evacuee Terri McNeil: 'who was locked up in a birdcage and left with a chunk of bread and a bowl of water,' here we can distinguish the juxtaposition between a government biased view and a first hand witness experience, although only twelve percent of evacuees say that they suffered some sort of mental, physical or sexual abuse, we must note that, sixty years on the experience of evacuation still comes back to haunt people. However, this gave children from inner city slums, the opportunity to experience a life of idyllic atmosphere. People from different classes clashed, and gave the government and wealthier people a chance to acknowledge the huge gap between the poor and the rich, and idealise with their predicament. ...read more.

Conclusion

I ended up sharing the honeymoon suite which had a private bathroom'. Many described the evacuation as a 'typical British wartime shamble.' Many people did not except evacuees even though it was compulsory, if we look at Lady Davy reason for not taking evacuees:' on medical grounds it is not good for her to have ten evacuees in a house with five bedrooms and two living rooms. Because of her public duties, Lady Davy requires more than just her bedroom,' this was the attitude of a lot of wealthy people. Billeting officers grew very exhausted and angry, because finding a host for the evacuee grew exasperating, due to social class and attitudes of host family because of status. In all, my overall impression to the attitudes of evacuation is that; social class played a more dominant role in identifying human behaviour towards those of a lesser class, and on a positive note helped the government and those more fortunate to understand peoples plight. In this,some aspects of evacuation did baffle me, the mistreatment of host families towards evacuees-perhaps this was their way of getting back at the government-Most of the images displayed by the government were biased. Some could argue that the wealthier acted preposterously towards the regime than others of a lesser classer. Who's to dispute the argument? But reality is more complicated than what some would conclude. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Britain 1905-1951 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Britain 1905-1951 essays

  1. Evacuation in Britain during the Second World War

    Even when the Blitz - the almost continual bombing of British cities for about nine months leaving 40,000 dead and two million homeless - began in September 1940, only 60,000 more people left London. Even fewer people left in the third and final wave of evacuation in June 1944 because

  2. Explain the differencing reactions /feelings of people in Britain to the policy of evacuating ...

    (women's war effort), they could go out without worrying about children, having to bath them, cook for them etc. This was good for the women as they became more independent; they had fun and more time for themselves, but many worried about their children and missed them.

  1. Explain the different reactions of the British people to evacuation

    Janet Hughes - mother of several evacuated children - claims: "This was the most difficult and stressful period of the war: the strain of waiting for something to happen was incredibly nerve-wracking." A large number of children returned to their parents in the cities during this time, as many could

  2. Why do sources A to F differ in their attitudes to the evacuation of ...

    Source C is an extract from a children's novel while source F is a scene from a film. Source F is also similar to source A as they both show evacuees who are about to be evacuated. Both the sources show that lots of children were evacuated at once as

  1. Evacuation in Britain during World War II

    I think the aim of the photograph was to show the devastation the German bombing had on London, and why it was so important for evacuation. There is no evidence in the photo that it was German bombers who did this, but we know it was.

  2. How important were Haig's tactics in bringing an end to WW1?

    British naval policy was clear, "to cut Germany off from all supplies by sea, and to starve her by withholding food and raw materials", and at the same time allow business as usual during alterations to the map of Europe.

  1. In the early years of the Second World War large numbersof British people were ...

    However it did not always convey the full truth as shown by the disturbing and chilling fact that 12% of evacuees were abused either mentally, physically or sexual by there hosts. These sinful hosts were happily able to get away with child abuse or child labour as checks were rarely made on the suitability of people receiving evacuees.

  2. Explain the Differing Reactions of People in Britain to the Policy of Evacuating Children ...

    Sometimes, working class children were placed in middle-class families and so there was an even larger social gap between the host and the children, Source A shows this as it says of reports of "children 'fouling' gardens, hair crawling with lice, and bed wetting".

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work