September 1, 1939
Evacuations of civilians in Britain during World War II/Start dates
Why were children evacuated from Britain in 1940s?
In June 1940, following the defeat of France, people were afraid that towns on the east and southeast coasts of England would be bombed, and there was a large evacuation of children from these towns to safer areas. When heavy bombing raids started in the autumn of 1940 – the Blitz – another big evacuation began.
When did the evacuation of children start in World War 2?
On the morning of 31 August 1939 (three days before war broke out), an evacuation order was given for the next day. Children began frantically assembling in their schools early on the morning of 1 September and Operation Pied Piper began in earnest.
Why did the British evacuate during World War 2?
The threat of German bombing. Fear that German bombing would cause civilian deaths prompted the government to evacuate children, mothers with infants and the infirm from British towns and cities during the Second World War. Evacuation took place in several waves.
Who was chosen for evacuation of children from London?
So I, and a girl called Joan Tomlin, was chosen and off we went to her home. Her name was Jessie Mobbs and her parents Mr and Mrs Mobbs, welcomed us and gave us tea. By this time I was terribly home sick and run off to have a good cry — it had been the most miserable day of my life (up till then).
Why was there a second wave of evacuations in 1940?
The government urged people to leave their children in the country, where it was safe, and published new waves of propaganda supporting this. A second major wave of evacuations did occur in 1940, but it was more motivated by the German occupation of France and the Nazi air bombings of London than government propaganda.