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Study source B & C. Which source is the most useful as evidence about the start of children's evacuation journey? Explain your answer using source B & C and own knowledge from your studies

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Coursework Draft Question 1: Study source B & C. Which source is the most useful as evidence about the start of children's evacuation journey? Explain your answer using source B & C and own knowledge from your studies Evacuation was the government's plan to protect women and children from bombings during WW2. The plan came into effect on 31st August 1939, as Britain and its allies prepared to declare war on Hitler's Nazi Germany. Women and children were evacuated to the countryside and away from industrial areas. Nearly 1.5 million women and children were evacuated from cities. Although evacuation was a good plan from the government, there were certain problems with placement. Many evacuees were placed with foster parents of a different social class. ...read more.

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In source B you can see the children are going off to be evacuated. The children appear to be going to be evacuated along with their parents and teachers. Some parents and teachers would have gone with their children/pupils. Seeing that the children are going with full suitcases and are fully clothed implies that they are middle or upper class. The photo was taken in 1st September 1939 so the war had only started that day which means air raids on Britain hadn't started, so the buildings of London weren't damaged. The government was preparing for air attacks and had been very quick to organise the evacuation process. Source B is a photo was taken in September 1939. ...read more.

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It is reliable as it's a first hand experience although, there is unreliability in the fact that it is from an interview 49 years after the event. The child from the source doesn't seem to be happy, which was the general feeling of most children. A quote that supports this attitude is 'All you could hear was the feet of children and a kind of murmur, because the children were too afraid to talk'. To conclude as a historian these sources are very useful. From the sources you can learn the view of a typical child evacuee and the government's use of propaganda. Both sources are useful in their own way; source C tells you that children were scared and unhappy to be leaving their parents. From source B you learn that, the government wanted parents to send their children away, even though they would be miserable, by making all the children in pictures look happy. ...read more.

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