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Evacuees in World War 2

Learn about Evacuees in WW2 in the third adventure, which transports you back to wartime Britain. You will learn about life as an evacuee, as well as Spitfires, rationing, blackouts & more.

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Max and Katie’s next adventure takes them to wartime Britain, where they are evacuated to a farm on the Welsh coast. There are rumours of a missing German pilot shot down nearby. Then, soon after they arrive, strange things start going missing. Could the two things be connected?

Join Max and Katie on their WW2 adventure through history as they learn about rationing, the Blitz, Morse code and more!

WW2 Evacuees History Fiction Book for Kids

WW2 Facts for Kids!

Max and Katie WW2 Evacuees for Kids

Max and Katie learn about life as an Evacuee in
World War 2

Some British children were evacuated to families as far away as Australia, Canada or the USA.

Evacuation Label

The evacuation of children started two days before war was even declared and all evacuees were given a gas mask to carry with them.

Evacuees Gas Mask

In 1940, 'rationing' was introduced to stop supplies from running out. Rationing continued long after WW2 had ended, some items until 1954.

Ration Book

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Ration Book
A ration book

World War Two saw thousands of children evacuated from British cities, ports and industrial areas to keep them safe from enemy air-raids. The evacuation of children began before war was even declared in 1939, because the government knew that war was inevitable. Children were evacuated to rural areas, where they lived with complete strangers in villages.

While many children grew to love their new life and were treated with kindness, many others were unwelcome or treated poorly. Incredibly, thousands of children were evacuated as far away as Canada, America and Australia!

Children returned with new accents and sometimes didn’t even recognise their own families. It was a necessary hardship to keep children safe in a time of war.


An Evacuee's Suitcase

During the Second World War, around 3.5 million people were evacuated to keep them safe. This means they left home and lived with strangers in the countryside, often very far away from home. This was because they lived in cities that were under threat of being bombed.

Evacuees only took a small suitcase and a gas mask each. They wore a label that stated their name, school and home address. They said goodbye to their parents, not knowing when they would see each other again. To get to their new home, evacuees often went on long train journeys. Some children had never left the city before!

The Battle of Britain

A Battle of Britain Plane

Winston Churchill refused to surrender or sign a peace treaty, so Hitler decided to invade Britain. He sent his air force (known as the Luftwaffe) to attack British ships, airfields and factories.

From July to October 1940, there were regular air raids over Britain. Britain was ready and fought back in the skies. This is called the 'Battle of Britain'. British historians say that the Battle of Britain was Hitler's first defeat.

Morse Code

A Morse Code Telegraph

Morse Code is an old system of communication. It was created by an American man called Samuel Morse in 1836, because he wanted to send telegraph messages across great distances for the first time. This was before the telephone was even invented!

Morse Code uses a series of dots and dashes that represent different letters of the alphabet and numbers. It was used extensively throughout the war.

Posters and Propaganda

A Propaganda Poster

During the war, the Allies wanted to persuade people to feel more hopeful about the war, and to see the enemy as weak, evil or silly. This is called 'propaganda'.

Lots of different posters with important messages were printed. There were posters to remind people to recycle clothes, posters to warn people about spies, posters to encourage people to grow their own food, and to encourage women to work in factories.

Visit World War 2 History

There are so many wonderful places to experience this rich part of our history, both at home and abroad. Here are just some suggestions to bring history life.

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Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire, UK

Bletchley Park
Bletchley Park

During World War Two, top mathematicians were recruited to work as top secret code breakers at a Victorian manor house called Bletchley Park.

The Polish had previously broken the German Enigma code and shared what they knew with the Allies. The success of Bletchley Park made the D-Day landings possible and is believed to have shortened the war by at least two years. An excellent museum for all the family.

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The National WWII Museum, New Orleans, USA

National WWII Museum
National WW2 Museum

This enormous museum has an extensive range of first-hand stories, photos and letters, remembering the sacrifices made by soldiers and civilians during the war.

There are aeroplanes suspended from the ceiling and tanks to get up-close with, as well as weapons and uniforms on display. This museum is an emotional but important visit for all ages.

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"I don't think of all the misery, but of all the beauty that still remains."

Anne Frank

"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."

Winston Churchill

IWM, London, Manchester and Cambridgeshire, UK

HMS Belfast, Imperial War Museum
HMS Belfast, part of the IWM.

The Imperial War Museum has several museums across England, including London, Manchester and Cambridgeshire.

They are excellent museums to learn about the impact of war on daily lives, as well as understanding the military organisation that went on behind the scenes. A fascinating, moving and humbling experience all round.

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Anne Frank House, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Anne Frank
Anne Frank statue

Anne Frank was 13 years old when her family went into hiding from the Nazis, who were sending Jewish families to concentration camps. Anne kept a diary during the family’s two years in hiding.

Sadly, the Franks were discovered in 1944 and sent to concentration camps, where Anne and most of her family died before the war ended. Her diary is her lasting legacy. You can visit the secret rooms where the family hid in Amsterdam. A moving experience.

Follow the link to learn more.

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