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In September 1939 evacuation was introduced.

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EVACUATION COURSEWORK - Q3 In September 1939 evacuation was introduced. This was a procedure that involved children and teachers leaving their homes in large cities to avoid being killed by bombing. Trains and buses were prepared to transport children out to hosts homes in the countryside. But was the whole process a success or failure? To say it was a success depends on how evacuation is judged. The preparation of evacuation and the whole journey seemed to go well. Source B seems to show this. The children seem cheerful and the process is orderly. On the other hand the source is clearly posed and we cannot tell from a photograph how the children genuinely feel. Also source A and C show evacuation as being a failure. They both demonstrate the fact that evacuees found it hard to settle into the countryside, as they were not used to the idea of leaving home. ...read more.

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Source D shows evacuation having a negative impact on the hosts. It shows that hosts were not used to poorly behaved evacuees, as it was not the sort of behaviour that was expected by the hosts standards. But this source may not be reliable, as not all evacuees will have acted in the same way. Source F is fairly reliable as the evacuee writing it actually experienced evacuation. It shows evacuees were fed up with stereotypical hosts who all thought they were grubby and underprivileged. Finally source G shows evacuation having a negative impact on evacuees. It shows that hosts had a misconception that all evacuees were poor and couldn't afford to buy slippers. This source should be reliable, as the author will have done research to make the novel more accurate. ...read more.

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At a higher level for Britain evacuation was successful in making people more aware of each other. The problem of poverty was brought to Britain's attention. Source A shows this as it is basically saying that the rich were shocked at the state of the poor. Source E, F and I also back this up by saying that the rich were not used to poorly behaved poor people. Also parents weren't letting their children evacuate because of the difference in lifestyle of the hosts. In conclusion some aspects of the evacuation process were a success. It was a great success in some ways because if it had never occurred thousands more people would have died in the war. The preparation of evacuation was the main stage of evacuation that went well. However, evacuation may be seen as unsuccessful as the Phoney War saw a major return to the towns and during the Blitz few were evacuated. James Noton 10G ...read more.

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