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Q3 - In what ways did the British government attempt to hide the effects of the Blitz from the people of Britain? (20 Marks)

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Jayesh Sodha Q3 - In what ways did the British government attempt to hide the effects of the Blitz from the people of Britain? (20 Marks) During the war the British tried to hide the effects of the Blitz from the people of England. They did this in three main ways; firstly the government employed censors to cut out 'negative' information that may damage morale and the war effort. Secondly the government sensors only let 'positive' information about how the British were handling the Blitz to be published. Thirdly the Ministry of Information produced propaganda that encouraged people to think they were winning the war. The Ministry of Information's censors cut out information about mass deaths so that morale would not be damaged. Reports of people panicking were restricted. In November 1940 a report was censored said that Coventry was in a terrible state and was unable to cope. ...read more.

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The public was shown as very calm and carrying on with normal life even in bombed areas. The media showed heroics of the air raid precaution wardens and the emergency services while they were helping and rescuing people in the bombed areas. Reports showed how people had helped each other to survive in terrible conditions and danger; they also published information on how many Luftwaffe planes had been shot down by the RAF and left out the damage and destruction they left in order to retain morale and also not to give any useful information away to the Germans. By only showing the good bits of the Blitz the government hoped to inspire and uplift the public with the stories of heroics and courage. Consequently these stories were aimed to help the war effort to continue. ...read more.

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By producing stories they hoped to hide the effects of the Blitz and to build morale. Their propaganda campaign was particularly aimed to prevent the Germans propaganda campaign of "Lord Haw Haw" from affecting the British. Consequently it was made to retain the precious morale needed. Inevitably the British government had to lie or hide information if they were to win the war. They were wrong to hide this information from the public but it was done in a good manner and for a good reason. In conclusion the British government had to employ censors to cut out negative information, only let positive information to be published and to create propaganda as they had to protect information from the enemy that could give them an advantage and they also had to protect public morale and to keep the British population supporting the war effort; eventually they had to succeed in these ways to have a chance to winning the war. ...read more.

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