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The main aim of evacuation was to protect Britain's children form the threat of a German Blitz.

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History coursework Question two Was evacuation a success? getumout The main aim of evacuation was to protect Britain's children form the threat of a German Blitz. Between the 1st and 3rd of September 1939 over 1.5 children, pregnant women and disabled people were evacuated to rural areas in mainland Britain. In my essay I am going to determine weather or not this objective was met and look at many different sources to see if there is any conflict in opinion. Whether evacuation was or was not a success is a controversial issue. There are four main viewpoints to this argument which all have to be considered. The first is The Government; it was their idea for evacuation to take place and it was them who organised a great deal or it. Obviously any sources written by the government at that time would be bias because they would want people to believe that they were successful. The government were very keen to get as many children evacuated as quickly as possible. They wanted to do this for the safety of the children, propaganda and morale. ...read more.

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Their were a lot of people who were reluctant to accept foster children so the government issued advertisements like the one in Source D it made people think that they are helping out the whole country. Some enjoyed the experience of evacuation whereas some didn't like it all. Some foster parents found looking evacuation a positive experience because evacuees were a good source of work. They also provided company to lonely people and people who couldn't have children themselves. For some people who could not help or fight in the war it made them feel like they were contributing to the war effort. For other Foster parents the experience was not a happy one because the children who were put with them didn't behave. Some of the children wet the bed and some couldn't read or write. A lot of the children didn't have proper clothes and although it was not the foster parent's responsibility to clothe them they felt duty bound to do so. Arguably the most important factor in deciding whether or not evacuation was a success is the point of view of the evacuees themselves. ...read more.

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However some evacuees did not find evacuation a positive experience for a number of reasons. Some found their foster parents hard to get on with or they were abused. Others just missed their parents and their homes too much to cope with. Source B contradicts Source A by showing how nerve racking and scary it must have been for the evacuees. The teacher writing it didn't even know where they were going so the children and their mothers would have no idea. In Conclusion I think that evacuation was a success for the majority, although my sources are limited and I do not have enough information to give a proper conclusion, I think that for a lot of evacuees evacuation was a positive experience and it undoubtedly saved a lot of lives during the blitz. I think that their will never be an answer to weather or not evacuation was a success because like Source F shows no two people had the same opinion and the range of viewpoints varied massively due to the points I have addressed in my essay. ?? ?? ?? ?? Al Barnes 10M ...read more.

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