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.
Awaiting evacuation, a young refugee hangs onto his dog’s leash in 1940. Vast numbers of pets were, not surprisingly, separated from their families during the war, while breeding progams and animal shelters were often shuttered or cast into disarray. (LIFE/History By Zim)
World War Two: 23rd December 1940, Father Christmas walks the streets of wartime London, The old man has exchanged his civilian red hood for a warlike 'tin hat', but, blitz or no blitz, he is delivering goods this year.