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Was Evacuation Sucessfull

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How Successful was Evacuation? The thought of evacuation for many will result in a divided opinion. Many people agreed with evacuation and its logic behind it; on the other hand many people felt that it was not a good idea and there was no benefit from sending the children away from home. I aim to find out just how successful evacuation was and using sources and my own knowledge, I will do this (I am going to be using sources from books, texts and extracts of people etc.) Evacuation basically was the situation in which younger children from big urban cities were sent to the countryside in order to protect them from the damage expected in the world war. The process of evacuation was more complicated than this; children would gather at local places such as schools and with their mothers would be collected and taken to the nearest train station to move to more rural surroundings. Children would then get off the train at their destination, where people living in this rural area would have to select or even under some circumstances be given children to stay with them during the course of the war. There were no choices for the children, they were just sent with their small suitcases and gas masks to their destination and had to settle with whom they were chosen to stay with. ...read more.


Living conditions were much more adequate than my own house and the people there were nice people who treated my very respectfully. It was a brilliant experience. Finally, the last positive point I have to offer about evacuation was the change of attitudes within the communities. Many people were brought together by the idea of war and everyone knew they had to work together in order to win the war, this was also the case in evacuation process, people worked hard for it to occur in the short time they had and evacuees got on with the people that they stayed with. With evacuees out of the way, people could work hard together and get on with the job required to win the war without the hassle of children around to be worried about. With everyone in a positive mind frame, it would only help the future determination of the outcome of the war. The Modern Welfare State happened in 1945 too during the war which helped with the likes of the National Health Service which is still running to this day. Therefore, it helped with things outside of war as well as in war with children evacuated. On the other hand, many people believed that evacuation was not necessary and it would have been much more beneficial to have kept the children in the cities with their parents; there is actually a lot of evidence which backs these peoples claims up too. ...read more.


Therefore, taking one of the most vital aspects of their lives out of them to try to save their lives even though it was very likely they would have been ok in the cities was a big risk, and will have affected many people's quality of life forever. In conclusion, there were many good and bad associations with evacuation. There were many important factors which made it a success such as good planning and organisation in a short space of time, the amount of lives saved, positive experiences of evacuees and the positive change of attitudes within the communities of people. On the other hand, there were many bad things to do with evacuation including the amount of money spent, the amount of trouble people went through to make it happen, the physiological damage and unhappiness it created and also the effect on later life in connection with education. Either way, both sides of the argument have very valid points to what they believe on the decision of evacuation was and how successful it was. The fact that evacuation occurred cannot be changed now and people will have to live with what happened whether it was a positive or negative time for them. People will still argue their case as to whether or not evacuation was a success, but in my opinion neither of these opinions can be fully justified as evacuation definitely had it positives and negatives no matter what the facts and figures say. ?? ?? ?? ?? Michael Carney 10 TT History Coursework (2) ...read more.

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