World War II - Timeline
In September 1939 Britain and France declared war on Germany.
The first evacuation took place - 25,241 children were evacuated
from Birmingham alone.
||In January 194O food rationing was introduced because it was
so difficult to import food. People were encouraged to grow their
own food in gardens and allotments.
||In June 1940 a second evacuation was organised. This time 620,
000 children left the cities and the south-east of England.
||In September 1940, the Blitz on Britain began. The Blitz is
the name given to 9 of months bombing that Britain's towns and
cities received during the war.
||In June 1941 clothes rationing was introduced. People had to
'Make Do and Mend' and recycle old clothing instead of buying
||In 1942 the government introduced 'utility clothes'. These
clothes were made in a special way to save material. They gave
strict rules for the number of buttons and pleats, and men's
socks could not be more than 22cm long.
||In 1944, the third and last evacuation took place when the
German army began to fire V1 missiles at London - these were
also called 'doodlebugs'.
||On May 8th 1945 VE (Victory in Europe) Day was declared. People
had street parties, bonfires and played music to celebrate.
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