Evacuation Why and How? leaflet

Category:  Civil Defence

Evacuation Why and How? leaflet

This leaflet begins by asking the same questions that many ordinary people must have been asking themselves in July 1939: Why is there any need for evacuation, and wouldn’t it be better for families to stay together anyway? The government’s view was clearly different, citing the need to prevent the breakdown of civil life and protect those people who did not have to remain in areas likely to suffer air raids. It identified three groups to whom this applied – children, expectant mothers and the blind.

It was explained that while organised evacuation for these individuals was strongly recommended, it was entirely voluntary. At the same time, there was to be no wholesale emptying of the towns and cities, to the detriment of the war effort. As the leaflet concludes, “We are not going to win a war by running away”.

Exhibit data

Museum number:



July 1939

Approx. size:

14 x 22 cm
(5½ x 8¾ in)

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