chapter  3
To Dunkirk
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A study of life in Britain in 1940 shows that the pattern inherited from the 1930s continued almost unchanged and that the govern­ ment, in seeking to control and organize the country, was deeply conservative, instinctively repressive, suspicious about the willing­ ness of the population to withstand the pressures of war and incompetent in relieving the suffering caused by bombing.1