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Goodnight Mister Tom: The world of 'Goodnight Mister Tom'
Resources to support the Year 8 study of Goodnight Mister Tom.
Coming just two decades after the last great global conflict, the Second World War was the most widespread and deadliest war in history, involving more than 30 countries and resulting in more than 50 million military and civilian deaths (with some estimates as high as 85 million dead). Sparked by Adolf Hitler’s invasion of Poland in 1939, the war would drag on for six deadly years until the final Allied defeat of both Nazi Germany and Japan in 1945.
This interactive timeline tracks the German air force's bombing campaign as it devastated towns and cities across Britain during the second world war. By the end of the blitz, 60,000 people, half of them in London, had been killed by the attacks
Backyard bunkers of the Blitz
Keep calm and cram in.
Six feet tall, 6.5 feet long, and 4.5 feet wide, the corrugated metal shelters were a snug fit for a family of six. They were buried four feet under owners' yards, their arched roofs covered with a layer of soil.
The shelters were distributed for free to poorer residents. Wealthier residents could purchase one for a small fee.