THE CIVILIAN EVACUATION SCHEME IN BRITAIN DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR
Hollywood stars play host to British evacuee children. Comedian Bob Hope and actress Irene Rich with other stars played host to some British evacuee children when they all went for a two-day outing at the B Bar H Ranch, near Palm Springs, California, so that the children could see what the "Wild West" was really like. Photo shows: Irene Rich and Bob Hope sitting on a fence with some evacuee children.
When Italy declared war on 10 June 1940, the Italian Army in Libya threatened the vital Suez Canal in British-occupied Egypt. Italian forces attacked Egypt on 13 September. General O’Connor’s Western Desert Force was outnumbered, but his commander-in-chief, General Wavell, ordered a surprise attack at Sidi Barrani three days later.