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When the Children Came Home

by Julie Summers

PUBLISHED: 1st March 2012
ISBN: 9781847398765
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PUBLISHED: 1st March 2012
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On 1 September 1939 Operation Pied Piper bgan to place the children of Britain's industrial cities beyond the reach of the Luftwaffe. 1.5 million children, pregnant women and schoolteachers were evacuated in 3 days. A further 2 million children were evacuated privately; the largest mass evacuation of children in British history.

Some children went abroad, others were sent to institutions, but the majority were billeted with foster families. Some were away for weeks or months, others for years. Homecoming was not always easy and a few described it as more difficult than going away in the first place.

In When the Children Came Home Julie Summers tells us what happened when these children returned to their families. She looks at the different waves of British evacuation during WWII and explores how they coped both in the immediate aftermath of the war, and in later life. For some it was a wonderful experience that enriched their whole lives, for others it cast a long shadow, for a few it changed things for ever.

Using interviews, written accounts and memoirs, When the Children Came Homeweaves together a collection of personal stories to create a warm and compelling portrait of wartime Britain from the children's perspective.

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Author Biography

Julie Summers is a bestselling writer, researcher and historian. Her books include :Fearless on Everest: The Quest for Sandy Irvine; a biography of her grandfather, the man who built the 'real' bridge over the River Kwai, The Colonel of Tamarkan, Stranger in the House and When the Children Came Home,a social history of servicemen returning to their families from the Second World War. She lives in Oxford.

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Product Details

Author
Julie Summers
Pages
368
Publisher
Simon & Schuster Ltd
Year
2012
ISBN-10
1847398766
ISBN-13
9781847398765
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
2012-03-01
Subtitle
Stories of Wartime Evacuees
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Media
Book
Language
English
Illustrations
8pp b-w
Short Title
When the Children Came Home
Audience
General/Trade