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Being bombed
in French children under the Allied bombs, 1940–45
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This chapter uses the oral narratives to explore the way in which being bombed was experienced in different locations and by different children. It examines children's practical, sensory and emotional responses. Sometimes children were at home on their own when bombed, or without one parent, adding an extra layer to the fear already created by the bombs themselves. Sound played the most important role in the experience of being bombed and is prominent across all the narratives. It indicated the scale of the threat, but it also enabled children to interpret the likelihood of survival. Across the world, the civilian experience of being bombed during the Second World War has left its mark on those who experienced it as children. For some of the younger children, the moment of bombing was uniquely terrifying.

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