At the age of 9 Geoffrey Lee Williams and his twin brother Alan felt ready for the war but were not ready for its consequences. The government had long planned the mass evacuation of children, under the code name 'Pied Piper', but the details were kept secret from local authorities and the population at large. The first wave left British cities on 1 September 1939 and by September 3, a few hours before war was officially declared, it is estimated that millions of women and children had already be allocated to the planned reception areas or had been privately evacuated. This book begins from their first evacuation to Hartley in Kent and then goes on to record their impressions of their three subsequent evacuations and their adventures, or misadventures, during the Battle of Britain, the London Blitz, D Day and the V1 and V2 raids until the end of the War in 1945 This fascinating book conveys not only their desire, as children, to be involved in and contribute to the war effort but also their growing awareness of the cataclysmic events unfolding around us between 1939 and 1945 which subsequently shaped the future interests and careers of both the author and his brother Alan.
Dr. Geoffrey Lee Williams is Director of the Institute of Economic and Political Studies (INSTEP), an independent organisation based in Cambridge, and is a founding Director of The Transatlantic Institute for Study Abroad. He served as Senior Assistant Director, London region, with the Confederation of British Industry for two years after his return to the UK in 1982 and is a master Freeman of the Company of Watermen and Lightermen and a Freeman of the City of London. Dr. Williams was head of International Relations in the Department of Linguistics and European Studies at the University of Surrey and a Visiting Professor to that university where he continued to contribute to the work of the Surrey European Management School. He was recently awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters by the University of Redlands, California for his work and publications in the field of international relations. He is the author of 10 books and lives in Cambridge.
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