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The Home Front in WWII

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Why was the first part of the Second World War until the blitz in Britain known as "The Phoney War"?

  • Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain didn't want war
  • The expected bombing & invasion didn't happen
  • People didn't believe it would happen
  • Life went on as normal


What happened between July to September 1940?

  • The Germans invaded Britain
  • The RAF battled with the Luftwaffe for control of the skies
  • Guns were issued to local government
  • Conscription started

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In November 1940, which city was badly damaged by heavy bombing and much of it's medieval city destroyed?

  • Hull
  • Bristol
  • Portsmouth
  • Coventry

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When was food rationing introduced in Britain?

  • November 1939
  • January 1940
  • May 1940
  • July 1940

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As a response to the threat of bombing, ARP Wardens were created but what does ARP stand for?

  • Air Raid Personnel
  • Air Raid Preparations
  • Air Raid Precautions
  • Air Raid Protection

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Made famous by the tv comedy "Dad's Army", The Home Guard was set-up to help defend the land from invasion. What were they known as at first?

  • Local Defence
  • Country Defence Volunteers
  • Local Defence Volunteers
  • British Defence Volunteers

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To begin with nearly 2 million children were evacuated. When did evacuation begin?

  • 3rd September 1939
  • 3rd October 1939
  • 3rd November 1939
  • 3rd December 1939

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Propaganda posters from which Government body reminded people to be resourceful and do their bit towards the war effort?

  • Ministry of Propaganda
  • Ministry of War
  • Ministry of the Home Front
  • Ministry of Information

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Men were conscripted into the services from 1939 but women were needed too. When were women conscripted?

  • 1939
  • 1940
  • 1941
  • 1942

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Why were decorative railings all over the country removed as well as scrap metal collected?

  • To stop the enemy using it upon invasion
  • To recycle into guns
  • To recycle into bullets
  • To recycle into Spitfires


Complete the following sentence made famous by posters - ".................talk costs lives"

Type in the correct answer

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During an air raid, people had to get to air raid shelters. What was the most common shelter that people built in their gardens?

  • Morrison shelter
  • Johnson shelter
  • Smithson shelter
  • Anderson shelter

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Keeping Britain going was essential during the war. Young men were conscripted to work in coal mines. What were they known as?

  • Churchill's Boys
  • Bevin Boys
  • Coal Lads
  • Mine Boys

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The campaign to help feed Britain and get Britons doing their bit encouraged people to transform gardens, parks and sports fields into allotments. What was this known as?

  • Dig the Earth
  • Dig Dig Dig
  • Dig for Victory
  • Get Digging

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After Britain won the air war in 1940, Germany turned to Britain again in 1943 and 1944 firing weapons from the continent. What were these weapons known as?

  • V1 and V2
  • V4 and V5
  • V8 and V9
  • V10 and V11