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How useful are sources A, B and C in understanding what the battle for Dunkirk was like?

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History Assignment 1 (How useful are sources A, B and C in understanding what the battle for Dunkirk was like?) I am going to find determine the usefulness of sources a, b and c but before I can do this I must describe them. Source A was written by a British naval commander called Thomas Kerr who was actually at the battle. The source was written at the time of the battle so Thomas did not have any hindsight. He obviously considers the navy superior to the army as in the source he is putting the army down. You can tell this as he calls the army a shambles and he comments on how there weren't any officers around and any that were there were useless. From the way he tells it you get the impression that the battle must have been planned poorly from the start as he describes the men as a rabble. ...read more.


In source, B a man called Bill Elmslie is describing what he saw on the minesweeper he was serving on. The Luftwaffe are bombing from the air and also a German fighter was going across the beach with his machine gun blazing. They were firing back also. He describes how a dive-bomber sends a bomb straight towards them but at the last minute, the bomb goes wide. This source is also primary as it was written at the time without hindsight. This source well describes the scene at Dunkirk I think as the source creates an impression of a lot going on and also an impression of suspense as the dive bomber is headed towards them. This probably would be the way most of the soldiers felt at the battle. However the source does have limitations. ...read more.


This might not be as reliable as it could be as he could have made a mistake about what he saw. I think that the sources above might not be as reliable as they could be as they are only one side of the argument. There are no accounts written by people from the army or the German army or navy to describe from their point of view how the battle was fought. Also, there are no points of view from the people actually on the beaches fighting. All of the sources are written by people doing the rescuing and not the ones being rescued. This however could be good as it gives a wide spectrum of what has happened through people doing the same things eyes, which could make the sources more reliable. The sources all describe a scene of chaos which was probably correct. The most reliable source I think is source B as it gives a first hand view of bombing the beaches. ...read more.

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