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How a formidable female army assisted the biggest mass evacuation in the UK

Women’s Voluntary Services helped move 1.5 million people in three days after outbreak of WW2
An evacuation rehearsal at St Vincent RC School on 29 August 1939. Photograph: Mirrorpix/Getty Images

It was the biggest mass evacuation in the UK, executed over three days, and would not have been possible without an army of women – and one in particular.

Eighty years after 1.5 million children, pregnant women and other vulnerable people were displaced from cities to the safer countryside three days before Britain declared war on Germany, the scale of such a feat remains impressive.

“They had been preparing since the beginning of the, as the WVS is now known.

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