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WW2 Evacuations

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Question 1: Which source of evidence is the more useful as evidence about the start of the children's evacuation journey? Source B and C have big differences in useful nesses. Source B is a picture however many people have been known to alter their behavior and emotions while in front of a camera, thus automatically devaluing the pictures real usefulness but from the source being a picture make the source not affected by the interpretations of someone that could have written about the situation or a memory of the situation. However this picture is a primary source and shows where the evacuations take place and the types of people that where evacuated without being affected by opinion. This picture is likely to be real because it shows a view which is similar to many of the different sources available. But we must also realize that this picture only captures the opinions of people for a few seconds, so it doesn't give us an impressive about the whole of the children's evacuation journey. Source C was taken in 1988 it is an interview with a teacher who says she endured the evacuation journey. The source is a personal account of what happened during the start of the evacuation journey and how emotional parents were forced to leave their children. ...read more.

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220 words Question 3: "evacuation was a great success." Do you agree or disagree with this interpretation? Evacuation affected everyone and everywhere within Britain during WW2. These evacuations involved children, teachers, parents and other people. However different people in different groups had different opinions on weather evacuation was a success or not. This was affected by their treatment, the way they worked, adapted and completed their involvement in the task. It is most likely that parents had the worst experience during evacuation; they were told by the government that their children must evacuate to protect them from bombings. They were forced to leave their children in the hands of a stranger and hope that they would return at the end of the war. However this proves that evacuation would save the lives of many children, which in the parent's eyes must have made it a success. However source I challenges this theory, the parent in the source believes that his child is going to "starve". But I know from my own knowledge that this would be very unlikely showing that the parent in source I is ill informed and unprepared to allow his child to leave him, therefore making the evidence in source I unreliable. Source A is an informative piece which is made to teach pupils, it is an anti-evacuation piece of evidence; it portrays evacuation as a process which had many troubles. ...read more.

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The more fortunate children were treated like members of the family. This was the first time that many of them experienced a full lifestyle The British government believed its declaration of war would be quickly followed by massive German air attacks on Britain's population. Conservative estimates put civilian casualties in London alone at 4 million. Operation 'Pied Piper' was formulated to reduce this figure. Operation 'Pied Piper' saw the evacuation of over 250,000 children evacuated from cities. Although many children did arrive at the wrong destination, operation 'Pied Piper was successful' so once again proving that evacuation was successful. Evacuation saw large amounts of patriotism arise, many of the host families just wanted to do their bit for the British campaign this include philanthropist who saw an opportunity to help others. However their was a dark side to the evacuation, some individual saw the evacuation as an opportunities to take advantage of the many displaced and unsettled children; by working them hard in the home or on the farm, worse abusing them physically. However this was very much the minority of children. To conclude the findings I feel that evacuation was a success in many ways. It saved the lives of many of the children. Evacuation had caused many improvements to the lives of the city children. 441 words ...read more.

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