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Britain and World War II


In this module you will study:

• The Phoney War • Evacuation • Dunkirk • The Battle of Britain • The Blitz • Conscription • The Battle of the Atlantic • D-Day • Censorship and Propaganda • Internment • The role of Women in the War • Rationing

|The Phoney War |Source A |
| |3 Sept: 827,000 children and 535,000 |
|Dawn: This Phoney war gets on my nerves. If we’re going to have a war, I wish |pregnant mothers have been evacuated from|
|they’d get it started. |the towns to the country. |
|Mum: Just ignore her. |4 Sept: a Nazi U-boat sinks the SS Athena|
|Hope and Glory |– 112 passengers died. |
| |9 Sept: RAF drops 12 million propaganda |
|By the end of September, Germany and Russia had defeated Poland. Everyone expected |leaflets on Germany. |
|Hitler to attack western Europe with his ‘blitzkrieg’ tactics, but nothing happened |15 Sept: the first convoy sets sail from |
|(indeed, on 6 October, Hitler offered peace). |Canada. |
|Meanwhile, Britain and France made no effort to attack Hitler. A British |22 Sept: petrol rationing. |
|Expeditionary Force of four divisions – 158,000 men with 25,000 vehicles – left for |30

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