Careless talk

Careless talk costs lives

By Zoe Roberts

During the war, there was a widespread fear of enemy spies undercover in Britain, believed to be sending messages back to Germany by wireless.

Identity cards were issued, so you could prove who you were.

Posters warned people "careless talk costs lives and walls have ears". People were urged not to talk about anything that could help the enemy. Signposts were taken down to make it hard for the enemy to find their way.*

*  Childs, Alan, "A day in a life of a world war evacuee", (Hove: Wayland, 1999)

Photo:Cover of an identity card

Cover of an identity card

Barry Hackett

Photo:Inside of a local identity card

Inside of a local identity card

Barry Hackett



This page was added by Zoe Roberts on 18/07/2010.

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