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

Evacuation was a great success. Do you agree or disagree with this interpretation explain your answer using the sources and knowledge from your studies

Extracts from this document...


Gcse history coursework question 2 "Evacuation was a great success". Do you agree or disagree with this interpretation explain your answer using the sources and knowledge from your studies. (15 marks) In the September of 1939 over a million school children living in the larger cities and towns of Great Britain were moved temporarily from their homes to places that the government considered safer usually out in the countryside and the more rural areas. This happened because the British government were worried that when war was declared between Germany, British towns would be targets for bombing raids by aircraft. Evacuation could be considered a success because many poor inner city children who had never experienced the luxury of rail travel before were able to travel from outside inner cities. Even fewer children had been to the countryside. Many of the children thought evacuation would be something of a holiday or a great adventure as they were waiting at the train station singing patriotic songs and once they arrived at their destination they were looked after by caring foster families and many experienced a much better way of life in the countryside. One girl when asked by a local newspaper reporter whether she liked here new family responded, "It was really nice I had never been washed all over before". This shows one good aspect of evacuation. On the other hand many children suffered the trauma of separation and isolation and were terrified by the prospect of being removed from there parents as for the most part the parents did not accompany there children. ...read more.


Overall this photo shows the success of evacuation, as it shows children and parents laughing and smiling on the way to be evacuated. Source B is an extract of an interview with a teacher as she accompanies children being evacuated from her school. This source is reliable as the person who was being interviewed was actually there and witnessed the actual event taking place. In 1939 teaching was a well respected profession and I would expect that she would be trustworthy and honest. A negative point is that the interview took place nearly 50 years after the actual event took place, her memory could have faded and altered with time, I am also unsure of her age, mental and physical health in 1988. This is also just the account of one person and another may see things completely differently. Overall this shows the failure of evacuation as children were unaware of where they were going and parents also had no idea of which part of the country their children would end up at. Also, many Fathers were fighting in the war, which left Mothers alone in the city. Many felt lonely and venerable without their families. Source C is a quote from Carries War, a book written in 1973. The source is reliable as I would presume that the author has researched evacuation and the war, and has written with historic accuracy. ...read more.


This could also be negative propaganda used by the government. Overall this shows the failures of evacuation as many parents were reluctant to, and refused to send their children to unknown destinations in the countryside. Source F is a film called 'Good Night Mr Tom', this is a film about the evacuation of a boy to the country side who is cared for by a kind man. This could be considered a reliable source because the director will have researched the subject matter. The negatives are that the programme is fictional and were made to entertain an audience; the film was made after the war so the story may easily have been changed to suit the current day. I am unsure if the author experienced the war and the evacuation. Overall this shows the good points of evacuation as the film tells the story of an abused child who was unloved at his home in the city but found a caring and loving home due to evacuation. In conclusion I think that evacuation was a great success as it saved thousands of children's lives, gave many children from rough inner cities the chance to travel to another part of the country and witness another way of life. Evacuation also provided many children with loving foster homes and many formed life long relationships with their carers. Although negatives exist, such as trauma of separation from parents/brothers and sisters, the risk of cruel foster carers, the overall aim to protect children's' lives was achieved. Joe Chapman ...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. Free essay

    Assignment 2, Question 3 Evacuation was a success do you agree with this ...

    were not all raised on a diet of fish and chips eaten from a newspaper, and many of us were quite familiar with the origins of milk. It is just upsetting for a clean and well educated child to find it self in a grubby semi slum as the other

  2. "Evacuation was a great success" Do you agree? Source based work.

    The evacuated teachers jobs were now full time. Not only did they have to teach the children as best they could, but they also had to act as surrogate parents to those who were unhappy in their new surroundings. Yet, aided by the parents and clergymen, the children's education was able to continue.

  1. History Coursework - Evacuation Assignment

    survey about evacuation taken in May 1940, eight months after evacuation had started in Britain. The observer asks the father whether he will be evacuating his child and his opinion on evacuating children to the countryside. The father's view is very against evacuation, as he believes that the children are best off with their own parents.

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

    She was evacuated to South Wales with her two brothers during the war as was the main character of the book. Also the author had many years before writing the book in which to research about evacuation. The author may have enjoyed her experience of evacuation and then decided to

  1. Free essay

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

    brother and sister talking to Miss Evans, the women who has taken them in. The siblings do not have any slippers with them because they hadn't had room to pack them, Miss Evans misinterprets this and thinks that the pair are poor and cannot afford slippers.

  2. Was Evacuation a success?

    Next, it is shown that evacuation was successful because the appeal describes the foster parents as doing the right thing and that they would be giving vital help to the war effort. Also, that the children would be happier and healthier and in a better environment.

  1. Was Evacuation a success?

    Source E shows evacuation as a failure. It does this because it shows the clash between classes that was pretty common during the evacuation period. It shows that people did not get on well due to this clash as they could not cope with the filthy habits of others which they were not used.

  2. Evacuation was a great success' Do you agree or disagree with this interpretation? Explain ...

    This quote confirms that the evacuation process of getting the children to the station and away from the danger zones was organised. Another success that the evacuation process boasted was the relief it gave to parents and the many lives it saved.

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