Children's Lives on the WW2 Home Front
On the outbreak of the Second World War, during the first week of September 1939 over three million people were evacuated. Operation Pied Piper was the largest ever transportation of people across Britain, and most of those moved to safety in the countryside were schoolchildren.
Social historian Gillian Mawson has spent years collecting the stories of former evacuees and this book includes the personal memories of over 100, in their own words. Their accounts reveal what it was like to settle into a new home with strangers, often staying for years. While many enjoyed life in the countryside, some escaping inner-city poverty, others endured ill-treatment and homesickness.
A fascinating insight into the realities of wartime life, and a valuable oral history of a unique moment in British history.
"However different, all the stories in this book underline one thing: there is so much more to the story of evacuation during that horrific Nazi war than the images of children arriving at railway stations, clutching gas masks, and with labels tied to their coats, which have entered the popular imagination."ARGunners.com
As featured in.Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine August 2016
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This is a fascinating insight into the realities of wartime life, and a valuable oral history of a unique moment in British history.Pennant
Gillian Mawson does a great service to our understanding and knowledge of what these children lived through and endured, giving us a useful additional understanding of the social history of Home Front Britain.Britain at War
As featured in Wrekin News.Wrekin News
A unique collection of oral histories exploring WWII evacuations and a fascinating and moving document for posterity.Your Family Tree Magazine
A fascinating insight into the realities of wartime life and a valuable record of a unique moment in British history.Evacuee Magazine
As seen in the North Devon Journal.North Devon Journal
This book gives a unique insight into the evacuation experience from the mouths of those who lived through it, before they are lost to us forever.Family Tree Magazine
It is packed with posters, documents and photographs, some from local groups archives and others 'rescued from old suitcases and attics', along with useful websites and contacts for further research. The breadth of experiences touched upon is extraordinary.
As seen in the Derby Telegraph.Derby Telegraph
A fascinating insight into the many different experiences of what was a brave undertaking both for those that implemented the programme and also those who were evacuated.Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine
As seen in The Guide (Prestwich & Whitefield).The Guide (Prestwich & Whitefield)
As seen in the Dorset Echo.Dorset Echo
Author and researcher Gillian Mawson's fantastic new book includes some fascinating stories...It sheds light on an often ignored part of social history.Bury Times
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