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Introduction

1. Study Source A. What can you learn from Source A about the response of the British people to the effects of the Blitz? Source A's tone and positive language clearly shows that the Blitz is an event to be celebrated. Words like "courage" and "determination" clearly show this. It emotive language shows it's a book with stories that will "break your heart and make you smile." But now having time pass, just gives the war more of a reason to be celebrated. This make people realise what they have experienced, and in result making people think that they are heroes and survivors. Still, you must remember that the publisher is trying to sell the book. However this is a blurb point to sell as a souvenir marking the 50th anniversary of the Blitz. This book had to be sold so it had to appeal to the British people. This book is trying to make the British people look courageous but it is neutral and does not show the other side of the story. 2. Study sources B and C. How useful are Sources B and C in helping you to understand the effects of the Blitz in people in Britain? ...read more.

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Sources D and C show people getting in with their life, it shows people sorting out their personal property and showing determination and courage. Source D shows people arguing about what is theirs and it shows people alone and not in groups while Source B shows different types of people working together and emergency services are helping. They both show the damages which was done during the air raids. Even thought the sources agree the sources do disagree with each other. Source D shows people arguing about their belongings, it seems to be a real scene and it shows the actual result of the raid and the destruction of the houses. This was released a lot later than when it was captured showing that the government did not want to make morale decrease. On the other hand C shows everyone one getting on and being happy. However, it also looks like it has been staged as everyone is looking at the camera. It does not show any real destruction it only infers it. This photograph was published straight away for propaganda. 4. Study Sources E, F and G. Use Sources E, F and G, and use your own knowledge, to explain why the government was concerned about the morale (spirit and attitude) ...read more.

Conclusion

If the government was to stop this from happening then it was vital that the incidents of panic and flight from London were stopped. Keeping morale was important in achieving this aim. 5. Study all the sources, and use your own knowledge. 'The impression that the British faced the Blitz with courage and unity is a myth'. Use the sources, and your own knowledge, to explain whether you agree with this statement. This statement can be agreed and disagreed with, because the government prevented de-moralising images from being printed in the newspapers so the government showed other countries that Britain was doing great in the war. But the people still kept their commitment to work as they came back in the morning from the forests even though their homes were being bombed. The government censored any pictures and information to keep the morale high. The pictures that showed high casualties, or serious damage were kept away from the public. Like Source B, which the censors banned, this showed the motives of the government. In addition government officials checked written documents, films and photographs to ensure that they did not contain information that the enemy might find useful. On the other hand pictures of defiance and heroism were put on the front pages of the newspapers. Newspaper articles were also restricted. ...read more.

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