Children of World War

reimagined by Orianne W

Children were massively affected by World War Two. Nearly two million children were evacuated from their homes and had to endure rationing, gas mask lessons, living with strangers etc. They accounted for one in ten of the deaths during the Blitz of London from 1940 to 1941. The impact of evacuation on children depended to an extent on which social strata you were in at the time. Parents who had access to money invariably made their own arrangements.

Children at private schools based in the cities tended to move out to manor houses in the countryside where children at that school could be, in the main, kept together. But 1.9 million children gathered at rail stations in early September not knowing where they were going nor if they would be split from brothers and sisters who had gathered with them. “Operation Pied Piper” planned to move 3.5 million children in three days. In the event, the 1.9 million who were evacuated was a remarkable achievement though some children stayed with their parents as evacuation was not compulsory.



What impact this had on the little souls involved was never overly studied at the time as the government simply wanted to herald evacuation as an overwhelming success. That some children continued their education in pubs, church halls or anywhere else there was the space to accommodate them was seen as the accepted face of a requirement that had been foist on the government.

The clash of cultures experienced by many of them must have also been difficult. The children from the cities had been tarred by a reputation that was undeserved, but many of those in rural England expected children to be riddled with parasites and to engage in anti-social behaviour. Children living under occupation must have lived in a manner few can comprehend unless an individual has been through similar situations, as in Poland, the Netherlands, Belgium, France etc.

Today we’re talking about them, ‘cause we found some enchanting pictures of the time reimagined by Orianne W with new colors.




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