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29th April, 1941, London: Finsbury children are helping in the war by collecting salvage, the ones who collect the most will be presented with a special badge issued by the council.' (Photo by Planet News Archive/SSPL/Getty Images)

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Children being evacuated out of London during the outbreak of World War II, 1939. William Vandivert

London at War - 1939 Evacuees Evacuees the measures being taken in London to prepare for World War II. September 1939 – The evacuations of civilians in Britain during World War II, at the outset of World War II, London and major British cities were evacuated with 1.5 million displacements in the first three days of the official evacuation. The final number of evacuees reached a total of 3.75 million.

On 1 September 1939 Operation Pied Piper began. Its aim was to place the children of Britain

1941 - Bus laying inside huge bomb crater in a London street after heavy German air raid bombing attacks during the Battle of Britain.

A woman bids farewell at Paddington Station in 1942 as her child is evacuated during the Blitz - lovely series of photographs taken by Bert Hardy, WW11 photographer

A policeman helps some young evacuees, and a nun who is escorting them, at a London station.

A young girl holds her doll while sitting on a broken beam in a debris ridden street the morning after a Luftwaffe bombing, 1940.

A famous image of the bombing of London, a Heinkel III bomber over the Thames, taken from another German bomber at 6.48pm on the 7th September 1940

During the Blitz, many children were evacuated out of the cities to safer places in the country, these children here, from East London, seemed to be checking out their curious identification labels.

During WWII Plan provided care for up to 1,200 child refugees from Europe in England. The Lea, a mansion in Buckinghamshire, was Plan's last residence for refugee chidlren, closing in 1957.

A woman in Clapham (south London) waters vegetables planted on the roof of her Anderson shelter in the garden.

A family goes into an Anderson air raid shelter in their garden, 1939. Each person carries a gas mask in a little box.

Wartime Britain in Colour - Anderson shelter, 1940

“During the Second World War, Balham was one of many deep tube stations designated for use as a civilian air raid shelter. On 14 October 1940, a bomb fell on the road above the platform tunnels, causing a large craterA No 88 bus travelling in black-out conditions then fell into the crater. At least 66 people in the station were killed.”

Balham tube station, London during the blitz WW2