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  1. Why is the battle of the Somme regarded as such a great military tragedy?

    This was an idea of Kitcheners were friends and family could join together but ultimately die together. I believe the battle of the Somme us regarded as such a great military tragedy, because of the first day this was a major deflation in moral, which I don't believe anyone really got over. Also the lost of men makes the first day one of the most memorable battles Britain had ever entered. Another reason why the Somme is regarded as a great military tragedy was because of poor planning by Haig, which basically was the starting reason for everything that happened in the Somme, the failure of the tanks or the lack of experience for example.

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  2. Compare the presentation of war in the Olivier and Branagh versions of 'Henry V'. Link the representation of war to the times when the two films were made.

    The spirit of whose ancestors it has been humbly attempted to recapture." This is intended to make the audience feel proud to be fighting for England as their ancestors did. Being produced during the Second World War, many of the viewers may have had relatives out in battle. They had no clear idea of the reality due to the lack of technology and communication. The light-hearted view of the battles reassured the audience. It is shown very patriotically and heroically so the audiences would feel good about the war and have felt proud to be English.

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  3. Why did Britain win the Battle of Britain?

    Firstly, the tactics employed by both sides would play a key role in itself to deciding the outcome of the Battle of Britain. The battle started on July 10th 1940 when the Luftwaffe attempted to gain control of the Straits of Dover. The tactics employed by the Luftwaffe was to tempt the RAF out for a full-scale battle. However, by the end of July, the RAF had lost 150 aircraft while the Luftwaffe had lost 268. These figures illustrate that there was a much greater loss of aircraft experienced by Germany than the British.

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  4. The popular myth of the Battle of Britain quickly emerged during the early part of the War. However, not all later interpretations fully follow it. Why?

    the Luftwaffe had poor communication and they weren't sure of direct plan so they picked parts to bomb, they did not actually realise that they had caused so much damage and that they were so near to victory. Herman Goring was in charge of the Luftwaffe, decided that attacking radar stations was not really worthwhile as they could easily be put back into services, but this was a fatal mistake because the radar system were quickly fixed and they played a vital part in wining the battle.

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  5. The Battle of Britain.

    It was now in the hands of the RAF pilots to defend their homeland. Britain's RAF emerged victorious from the battle and Hitler was forced to call off his proposed 'Operation Sea Lion'. The Nazi's could not invade Britain and this saved them from the dreaded Blitzkrieg. Hitler realised he would not be able to defeat Britain and concentrated his efforts on Russia and (foolishly) on America, since Britain was still available for Hitler's enemies use, America used it as a pathway to Germany; it was the launching pad for the second front. American and British soldiers attacked Germany from the west, whilst Russia attacked from the east.

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  6. Battle of Britain.

    Churchill cleverly mentions America, which was an attempt to draw them into the war, it was a form of emotional blackmail, especially as Churchill was half American, so he had strong tides with America. There are many strength to this interpretation, it was a speech by the prime minister, so it must've been well informed, and also making it an eyewitness account as he was witnessing the Battle at that time. However, the greatest strength is the use of Propaganda, as this was very effective at the time and people were inspired by the speech and Churchill clearly reached out to his audience very successfully.

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  7. The Battle of Britain

    He remarks that if Hitler fails to break through Britain Germany would lose the war. He also says the freedom of Europe and America would be lost if Nazi Tyranny was allowed to succeed and if Britain succeeds in survives it would be Britain's "finest hour". The second speech made in August 1940 to the House of Commons mentions "the few" the pilots and bombers and the debt owed to them. He emphasizes the importance of American help and how the British and Americans needed to cooperate fully.

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  8. This essay will consist of a number of Interpretations some agreeing with the popular myth that the Battle of Britain was won "by the few" and the second part of the essay will be why Interpretations written after the battle do not follow the myth.

    All theses sources where produced during the time when the battle was taking place. The popular myth during the battle of Britain was that the Battle was won by the few and that Britain winning the battle would save the rest of the world from Nazism. The prime minister spoke about both of the popular myths in his famous and Nationalistic speeches, "If we can stand up to him, all of Europe will be free" "Never has so much be owed to so few", The popular myth was established due to propaganda. However there is some truth in the myth The Germans, who had 1,100 fighters, out numbered the Royal Air Force who had 850 fighters.

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  9. The Crimean War.

    However the Russians didn't they fled both the battlefield and the valley, and in fact left so much artillery behind as to strengthen the British position. So why did the British survive the battle of Balaclava, and where did the Russians go? In this essay I will be concentrating on a number of the reasons why the allies survived the battle of Balaclava. For example Russian hesitation during the battle, British military problems, the skill of the 93rd Sutherland Highlanders, the charge of the Light Brigade and the weather.

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