Youth proving to be clueless about World War History

Thursday 07th May 2015 11:40 EDT

While we go on to progress strength to strength and become richer in sophistication, as well as up-to-date with the latest technologies, people seem to be getting poorer in knowledge and farther away from the British heritage and history. VE Day (Victory in Europe Day) commemorates the anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe. However, a recent survey suggests that more than half of the youth are unaware of what VE Day marks or stands for.

The poll also suggests that 40% were unable to distinguish Winston Churchill as the Prime Minister of Britain who remarkably announced Victory in Europe on 8th May 1945.

7% believed that VE Day was declared by the US President, John F Kennedy, another 7% believed it was Margaret Thatcher while 4% said it was Tony Blair.

Additionally, a further 55% of people in the age range of 18-25 were not aware that Poland was the country whose invasion led to Britain to declare war on Germany in 1939. One in five believed it was France, while 5% said it was Britain's invasion that prompted the beginning of the battle.

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