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By 1941 the Second World War had brought considerable hardship and disruption to the British civilian population Was this still the case in the last twelve months of the war 1944-45 Explain your answer By 1941 many of Britains cities were in ruins and her population was seemingly demoralised London was being bombed very frequently although many British cities were bombed throughout the war A notable example of this is the bombing of Coventry bombing when in a single night German bombers destroyed 100 acres of the city centre and killed over 500 people In addition to coping with the effects of bombing the population of Britain had to cope with the German threat of invasion The invasion precautions which were taken were wide-ranging and are described below Everyone expected bombing and thus plans were made Houses with back gardens received Anderson shelters Brick shelters appeared in schools The Black Out came into force at once At night there was no light The near arrival of bombers produced the wail of the warning siren Once the bombers had passed there was an All clear siren All signposts were removed along with street names these might assist invading troops In the event of invasion church bells were to ring To fight the invaders by 1st June 1940 5 million had been recruited into the Home Guard Around 70000 Germans Austrians and later Italians were arrested and interned in camps on the Isle of Mann The war brought a huge change to womens lives Women were working on the land in munitions factories and essentials industries Much of the work was skilled-mans work but women were only paid at the rate of semi-skilled workers Despite the discrimination women were happy Women were proving themselves They enjoyed having their own money enjoyed the social life of war One woman said the war made me stand on
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