In anticipation of major air attacks as war drew near, 1,473,000 people were moved, the majority in three days, from the crowded cities of Britain to safe, mainly rural areas. The evacuation of Britain’s cities at the start of the Second World War was the largest and most concentrated mass movement of people in the nation’s history. With the exception of direct experience of air raids, evacuation was the crucial life-event for millions during the war, temporarily separating families and causing a sense of social upheaval.

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Recollections of Evacuation
Personal memories of evacuation.