They’re so excited to see a horse. Well, to try and see a horse. Here you see English children evacuating from London and Gravesend — still carrying their gas masks — but desperate to try and see a horse in the stable on a nature walk. British citizens were evacuated en masse, but there was a particular effort to get children out of urban areas due to German bombing. This children were part of Operation Pied Piper, which relocated more than 3.5 million people. But some children were sent further afield, to other areas of the British Empire, including Canada, Australia, and South Africa.

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Totnes, Devon, England, U.K. May 1941. 

Credit: Anti-Worlds