Atlantic Exile

Atlantic Exile


The story of Gibraltar’s evacuation is one of the few internationally untold stories of World War II, but which dramatically changed the lives of so many people. In 1940, Britain decided to implement a mass evacuation of Gibraltar’s civilian population, under the real possibility at the time that the German army could cross the Pyrenees. Two thousand women and children were sent to the Portuguese island of Madeira, remaining there until the end of the conflict. These people are often referred to as the ‘lucky’ ones, but were they?