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How did the Second World War affect the lives of the people of South Wales?

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How did the Second World War affect the lives of the people of South Wales? The Second Worls War affected the live of the people of South Wales in many different ways. These were, the bombing of property which led to the loss of life, rationing of food and materials, evacuation of loved ones from their families and usually children from their parents, more women having to start work even though they were paid terrible wages (�2.20 weekly, source 25), lack of day nurseries, long working hours and consequant shopping difficuilties and lack of transport. The last thing to have an affect on the lives of the people of South Wales is propaganda. This had an affect because it was influencing the people of Wales to do things that they might not think about or not want to do. Some propaganda was good and some propaganda was bad. The bombing of property had the biggest affect on the lives of the people of South Wales. This was because a lot of people lost a lot of friends and family and their family homes were destroyed. As we can see, source 1 shows how many people were killed and seriously injured in different parts of Wales. Killed Seriously injured Swansea 387 412 Cardiff 355 502 Newport 53 63 Glamorgan 82 120 Pembrokeshire 45 42 Monmouthshire 25 36 Denbighshire 18 10 Carmarthenshire 12 13 Caernarvonshire 5 14 Flintshire ...read more.

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She says that they "could not waste a crumb". This is a good account because she was there at the time and she would know exactly what it was like for everyone else because they all had the same rations. Source 11 and source 12 are pictures of a ration book and a ministry of food advert showing ideas of packed lunches for a week, respectively. Because of all the bombing and the hardship of the food situation it was a good idea that the women and children were evacuated. A lot of people were sent to the countryside, because there were not as many bombing raids as there were in the big cities. Source 13 is a personal account of a boy called Raymond Harris. He was evacuated to a farm in Grosmont, Abergavenny. He really enjoyed it, except for going to school because he says that he thought the teacher did not like English childen. This is a good source because again it is a personal account and then boy was one of the evacuees. Source 14 is a page from the Daily Mail 1940, it is saying that more children should be evacuated. It is a good source and it has no limitations. It is good because it is the actual page from the paper at the time. ...read more.

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The women had to do all sorts of jobs and one woman, Margaret Plummer tells us of her life working in the Royal Ordinance Factory (source 29). She had just left her place to talk to the boss and the place went up. Twenty were dead and others badly hurt. She also talks about how the TNT changed the colour of your hair. This is good because it is a first hand account of the dangers in the workplace. The government used a lot of ways to try and get the women to get a job and the main ones were posters. These were effective because a lot of them had funny pictures on them or things that would catch your eye (source 30). All in all the war affected people in South Wales quite differently. Some women had to go out and get jobs and some of the women in the countryside had to take in evacuees. The bombing in the city destroyed property and also peoples lives. Most people either lost a member of their family or a friend and a lot of people lost everyone and everything. The children did not mind going off to the countryside much because they had the animals to play with and they made new friends. The rationing made people think about what they were eating and what they were throwing out. It made life a lot harder because if you were hungry you might not have been able to have anything because there was nothing to eat. ...read more.

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