Evacuees of the Second World War

Evacuees of the Second World War

by Mike Brown


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During the last days of peace in 1939 nearly two million people, most of them children, were evacuated from British cities, towns and ports to the countryside, or across the Atlantic to the USA and Canada. Whole schools were evacuated together and found themselves billeted in large country houses. Others were sent off individually or in small groups to whoever had space to put them up. It was a time of great upheaval and the transition from city life to countryside often proved extremely stressful.

This is a concise history of British evacuation during the Second World War, including the unimaginable upheaval suffered by the inhabitants of the Channel Islands and Gibraltar, who were evacuated to mainland Britain. Beginning with the uncertainty of the phoney war and the making of plans, this highly illustrated book looks at the experience of evacuation up to the homecomings of 1945 and the aftermath of evacuation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780747807452
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 10/20/2009
Series: Shire Library
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Mike Brown is an authority on the British Home Front in the Second World War. He has written several books and acts as a historical advisor for this period. The author lives in London, England.

Table of Contents

Introduction /Background /The First Evacuation /Evacuee Life /Other Evacuation /End of the War /Further Reading /Index

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