For most, it was certainly the worst of times, but for others it was the best, as Britain’s World War Two children sought excitement amid the harrowing hardship

Innocence and a lack of worldly experience may be hindrance as an adult, but as a child in wartime, it was a partial blessing. For youngsters, the war was a bewildering mixture of excitement, fun and frights. And, more bizarrely, despite all the hardship, many wartime children later testified that the war years were some of the greatest of their lives, with a sense of togetherness, adventure and exhilaration.

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