Re: WWII British Civilian Evacuations
My British ex-pat neighbor threw a Boxing Day party Monday, and I asked him about what he knows and was told about this. He said that as Americans we have a hard time understanding the small scale of Britain, which I noted when I visited there, and that most of these evacuations were only to 10-30 miles away from home (he compared it to our hurricane evacuations where we routinely go hundreds of miles, and how he may travel a hudred miles in a day in the course of his work)...yet evacuated kids (which he called Blitzedkids) often didn't see their parents for the duration, and many came home to find their homes and parents simply gone.
He talked about the frequency of reunion stories, where separated family members got back together decades later to learn they had been living only a few miles apart, had friends or frequented locations in common, etc. That blows my mind.