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How Did the Blitz Effect People?

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How Did the Blitz Effect People? During the Blitz many people stayed at home or went to their Anderson shelters if the homeowners broke any blackout regulations the ARP wardens had the authority to prosecute. During the Blitz rationing was introduced (1940), Butter, sugar and bacon were started to be rationed in 1941. Evacuation started in 1939 where they removed schoolchildren, mothers, pregnant women, blind/disabled People and teachers to the countryside where they were thought to be safe from the bombing in the cities. As men were sent of to fight in the war the Women's Land Army was started to help farms grow more food and helped on general work. These were some of the effects on how the Blitz effected People. One reason the Blitz effected people was because of ARP wardens. ARP wardens wore black uniforms with white steel helmets; every street had an appointed ARP warden with the Jobs of checking the houses in their area. ...read more.

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It also shows that with every bombsite there was terror of people looting and they general hysteria that follows after an area had been destroyed. This shows that Propaganda was used to keep spirits high but also that it was a cover-up story for the Nazi army that Britain is hard as old boots. This is the second reason of how the Blitz effected People. The Third reason the Blitz effected People was because of Evacuation. Evacuation was introduced in 1939. 1,500,000 people were evacuated from 1st to the 4th of September. Britain had been divided into three regions, Evacuation areas, Neutral areas and Reception areas. Children were evacuated with their School Groups and Teachers. All evacuees were allowed to take one suitcase and they had labels around their neck just in case they got lost. 48% of schoolchildren left evacuation areas. Host Families had the choice of the evacuees they wanted which caused major problems, as many children didn't not receive a host family. ...read more.

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The Farming industry needed to produce as much food as possible to stop starvation as 55% of all British food was imported. In 1941 women were forced to register for work. By 1943 some 17 million women aged between 14 and 64 were in the forces or essential war work. It is shown that women can produce (in a munition factory) 120 pieces of equipment a day whereas her male college can produce 100. This is the final reason on how the Blitz effect women by making them go to work in munitions factory or for the Women's Land Army. 43,000 civilians were killed by 1941with over 200 tonnes of bombs dropped every hour. But The Blitz effected people in many different ways. Some people were evacuated to the countryside where they were surprised by their way of living compared to them; women were conscripted into doing manual work in ammunition factories or in the Women's Land Army. ARP wardens played a major part in how the Blitz effected people by the way they made sure people were safe at night even though they were accused of interfering. This is how the Blitz effected People. ...read more.

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