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British WW2 living conditions

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Clare Gesinski

on 2 April 2013

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British living conditions World War Two During World War Two what were the living conditions for people who lived in Britain? -Two days before WW2 began people began preparing bombing from the Germans

- People covered up their windows with a black material so the Germans would be blind

- Many civilians died since the every single light was turned off ( Many drowned) The Blackout - A time where Hitler hoped to take control over Britain
-During 1939-1940 barely any bombs were dropped on Britain
-Gas masks were handed out to everyone
- When an aircraft was spotted people were told to go in concrete shelters and not come until all clear was called
- Shelters were uncomfortable to people but late on got better because of improvements were made ( toilets, snacks and beds) The Blitz After the Raids By: Clare Gesinski Women's life - Women worked in war factories to make war materials. 75,000 women joined the Land Army in Britain to help grow more food.

-Lots of them also joined the Women's Royal Voluntary Service (W.R.V.S.)

-In 1941 women between the age of 19-30 had to register for war work(secretaries, drivers, cooks and mechanics) Men's lives - "Put out that light!" - All clear was called and people came out to see damage done
- Many people came out to see their homes crushed, fire, and people dead and injured Evacuation - Was a horrible time. you were separated from you family and sent to the country
- Evacuation begun on Friday 1 February the day German troops invaded Poland.Most children were evacuated in school groups with their teachers
-They wore name tags and carried their gas masks in cardboard boxes over their shoulders
- Some children were in endangered areas becuase parents refused to be spit up All fit young men were "called up" and had to leave home and join the army, navy or air force. At first they had to be between 20-22 but this was changed to between 18 and 41. Men not fitted enough could volunter as firemen or work on the "Home Guard"

-British men were sent to Africa, the far East and Europe. Some of them were away so long that their families did not recognise them when they came back.

-Men like scientists and engineers did not join the forces because their jobs were important in wartime Bibliography Unknown. (n.d.). Life during world war ii. Retrieved fromhttp://atschool.eduweb.co.uk/nettsch/time/wlife.html Bbc. (2011). Retrieved from http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/world_war2/growing_up_in_wartime/ Questions Answers 1.) 75,000 women

2.) Home Guard or volunteer as a Firemen

3.) When " all clear" was called. 1.) How many women were working in the factories?

2.) What were the men's jobs who weren't fit enough?

3.) When were people allowed back outside during the bombing? 5,000
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