The author uses factual narrative combined with contemporary eyewitness accounts and oral history extracts to produce an insight into the phenomenon of evacuation in Britain during World War II. He explores its roots in the pre-war period and the planning in the wake of the Munich Crisis, and also the different kinds of evacuation - official, private, overseas, business and government.
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This will be an eye-opener for anyone too young to have experienced the war-time evacuation in Britain during the early forties, and a bittersweet reminder for those who lived through it of the pain, fear and moments of humour and relief. A complete documentary account, it covers the massive planning and upheaval involved in relocating hundreds of thousands of people, businesses and government departments to the comparative safety of the country. The hundreds of personal testimonies, photographs, posters and other visual material bring the period to life, and there is a particular charm in the accounts of city and country encountering each other often for the first time: 'Like other city children (Jim and Breamy) knew little about the countryside and were surprised to discover the origins of milk, eggs, bacon, bread, etc.' Nostalgic and informative, Evacuees tells the story of a phenomenon that changed a country forever. (Kirkus UK)