American leaders had tried to stay out of the trouble in Europe, but by 1940, they began to prepare for war. Mussolini had remained neutral as Hitler conquered most of Europe, until the Na-zis invaded France. Then Mussolini joined forces with Germany and France was defeated. Great Britain remained the only country in Europe that could fight against the Germans.
Questions and Answers
Question:How did the British survive Germany’s air attacks?
Answer: They created warning systems so they knew when an air raid was coming. In some cases, the warning system was simply one person keeping watch. This person would then whistle or yell. In some cases, children had this job. Black curtains were hung over windows so the Germans couldn’t see city lights at night. During an air raid, people went to underground cement bunkers for protection. Many families sent their children to live in the countryside with strangers, where the Germans were less likely to strike. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, is a fantasy story about one family’s adventure during this time.
Visit the BBC to learn more about the 800,000 children who were evacuated from London and other cities.
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