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Air Raids- Q3

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Q3: Study Sources B, C and D. Does Source D support the evidence of Sources B and C about the damage done during air raids? Source B shows evidence that there was destruction and physical damage in civilian areas during the Blitz; 'Catford Girls' School was hit.' Source D supports this as it shows civilians 'sorting personal property' after a raid near/on their homes. The damage shown in Source D was from the '15 November 1940' while Source B is dated '21 January 1943.' The time difference between the sources implies that the damage shown in the earlier dated one carried on for at least over two years in civilian areas. Both sources also make it evident that not only military targets were hit. The damage shown in Source D was after a raid in Coventry while Source B's damage was after a raid in London. Using these two sources to support each other one could get the impression that all/different places in Britain were bombed on a regular basis. ...read more.


for the British, because the kind of damage it shows is damage to actual humans, Source D only shows damage to building structures. This view is supported by the fact Source B was never un-censored while Source D was. Source B and D also give an impression of a very pessimistic atmosphere within the citizens in the aftermath of the air raids. Yes, they are shown carrying on with life but it is with a very down beat attitude. It is clear in both pictures that none of the people shown what to be there, in that situation. On the other hand Source B, as mentioned before, only shows damage done to people after a daytime raid, while Source D shows damage done to buildings after an air raid which appears to have been over night. This is inconsistent and so the information from the sources do not complement each other to give us a clear, reliable idea of whether the damage from raids were mainly on people or infrastructure, or how the time of the day affected damage done. ...read more.


It is impossible to tell merely from these two partially contradictory sources whether or not there really was a lot of damage done during the air raids in civilian areas or not. Source C shows the properties, of the now homeless people, neatly stacked behind them. This diverges completely from the implications of Source D, which shows the few remaining properties of more destitute citizens scattered around the streets. The inference in source D is that the damage done during a raid was so much, people were left with little or nothing. Whereas, Source C insinuates that the damage done was not so bad that people couldn't recover many of their possessions and still be happy and just generally carry on as normal. Source C is once again limited in its usefulness as it is most likely staged-another example of the government's propaganda at work. This means that it may not be entirely reliable evidence as it is susceptible in it's accuracy. Source D may also not be an entirely dependable source as it is a very blurry image and impossible for the viewer to be certain if the man shown gesturing is doing so in anger, joy or even defeat. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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