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2. How useful are sources B and C in helping you to understand the effects of the Blitz on the people of Britain? Sources B and C are contrasting images, C is a posed photo illustrating optimism while B is a photo of a bombed school. They are both useful in understanding the effect of the Blitz and how the government utilises photos to control morale. Source B is useful as it is a photograph dated, January 21 1943, which was towards the back end of the Blitz. It demonstrates people rummaging through the rumble, and stacking dead bodies which shows that the British people working tirelessly throughout the campaign. The photo of the Catford Girls School is useful as the images captures the officers at work without realising that the observing camera, hence presenting the people as they actually are. ...read more.


Source C was published 8 days after Blitz commenced, September 15 1940. The source is therefore current and illustrates the effects of the Blitz on the people, that are generally optimistic and portrays a sense of togetherness, the 'British grit'. The photo nonetheless obviously shows the people are posing for the camera, hence making the source less useful. Also the photo is 8 days after the outbreak of the Blitz; this does not provide any insight on the morale and impact on the British people. Also the photo was perhaps constructed for propaganda, to exemplify to the rest of Britain that the citizens should have similar motives and approach towards the war as those in the East End of London. ...read more.


Both sources (D&B) support each other in that the Blitz went on for a long time as the dates continue over three years. Source C contrasts the people's feelings of Source D, the people are optimistic, conversely in Source D; arguments have been sparked, perhaps indicating more destruction has occurred than in Source C. Also in the photo taken on 15 September 1940, there is no distinct evidence of damage, furthermore the belongings are visible, nevertheless in Source D there is debris lined on the road, as well as citizens disputing over certain possessions. These feelings were agreed upon by the government, who censored Source D underlining that there was physical destruction and this is compounded by the quarrelling of the two men. In Contrast Source C as not censored was there is no confirmation of damage, or a bad vibe from the public. ...read more.

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