Mothers who waved goodbye: Evacuation in World War II

The image of the small child about to be evacuated as the start of the Second World War has become an icon of the horrors on warfare.

However, this image has unintentionally overshadowed the experiences of mothers - those who waved goodbye to millions of sons and daughters; those foster mothers who cared for other mothers' children throughout the war.

Now Professor Maggie Andrews of the University of Worcester tells their stories.

Keywords: Evacuation, World War II, Mothers, Children, Professor Maggie Andrews

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Presented by:

Professor Maggie Andrews

Directed by:

Simon Russell

Produced by:

IDM Media


Professor Maggie Andrews

Recorded By:

IDM Media


Simon Russell

Images Kindly Supplied by:

Mary Evans Picture Library, Science and Society Picture Library, Shutterstock

Archive Footage supplied by:

British Pathe

Special Thanks to:

Professor Maggie Andrews

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