• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Britain and the First World War

Extracts from this document...


Depth Study E Britain and the First World War 1) The headline in Source A reads, "The day goes well for our patriotic heroes", this tries to boost morale amongst the British public by putting across the idea that the first day of the Battle Of The Somme went well, when infact it did not go according to plan at all. The British severed heavy causalities on the first day and did not really gain much land, this headline is trying to cover up that fact and make everyone back home think that the British were successful. The cartoon also conveys a positive message towards what happened in the Somme. It shows a fist labelled The British Army punching the nose of the German Kaiser (Wilhelm II). This image has the backdrop of the Somme and the western front. The cartoonist is trying to show that the strength of the British army has obliterated the Germans and left them in a pool of blood. ...read more.


To answer the question over which source would be more helpful as evidence of what it was like would mean surveying the reliability and bias of both sources. Source I can be seen as a biased source, because the British government released this film to show people back home how determined their troops were. Ultimately this film was a piece of propaganda, hiding the reality. Although the British government tried to boost morale back home with this film, some viewers would of felt a sense of dismay as it shows how harsh the war had become. Therefore Source H- I think is more useful as his account was experienced first hand, and is not really biased because of his real views. 4) British casualties on the first day were 20,000 dead and more than 35,000 wounded - probably more than any army in any war on a single day. The British soldiers at the Somme were not conscripts - they were volunteers, who had flocked to join up in response to Kitcheners 'Your country needs you' poster. ...read more.


Blackadder: Yes, sir. Haig: I haven't seen you since... (knocks down the second line of model soldiers on the same side) Blackadder: '92, sir -- Mboto Gorge. And do you remember...? Haig: My god, yes. You saved my damn life that day, Blacky. Blackadder: Well, exactly, sir. And do you remember then that you said that if I was ever in real trouble and I really needed a favour that I was to call you and you'd do everything you could to help me? Haig: (sweeps the fallen soldier models into a dustpan) Yes, yes, I do, and I stick by it. You know me -- not a man to change my mind. Blackadder: No -- we've noticed that. Haig: So what do you want? Spit it out, man. (hurls the dead platoon over his shoulder) Blackadder: Well, you see, sir, it's the Big Push today, and I'm not all that keen to go over the top. However this scene cannot be seen as a very reliable piece of information for Historians as it is not really trying to make a point, but instead entertaining people through the popular belief that Haig was a complete joke who threw away lives. Vikash Sharma ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Britain 1905-1951 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Britain 1905-1951 essays

  1. General Haig - Butcher or Hero?

    by his plan of attack'. One of the more spectacular successes of the war (by any belligerent), the Battle of saw combined Austro-Hungarian and German forces decisively break through the Italian line along the northern Isonzo, catching the Italian defenders entirely by surprise.

  2. Evacuation in Britain during the Second World War

    Source A says, "Arrangements, however, did not always go smoothly". This source is very negative-focused to make it more entertaining, but it is backed up by other sources, such as Source C, which is the memory of a teacher who was involved with evacuation, who says, "We hadn't the slightest

  1. Describe the conditions that soldiers experienced on the western front in the years 1915-1917.

    Troops were told by their officers that the barbed wire would have been blown apart leaving them an open road to the German trenches. They were also told that they would encounter virtually no defence from the Germans as they assumed that they were dead.

  2. Did The First World War Liberate British Women?

    alternate point of view and how the attitudes of some had changed. My opinion of this source could change if I find out what the writing says. Sources D5 to D8 show women as more confident because of the work that they had done during the War.

  1. Battle Of Britain - The Popular Myth

    Klaus Schulz's book From Germany's Past was published in 1971, some 25 years after the fall of Adolf Hitler. The book is a general history of Germany through out the modern period; his views heavily reflected that of the ordinary people of Germany.

  2. Evacuation in Britain during World War II

    (Supported and as seen in source five). I think depending on your views of the photo it can be biased because it is only showing the what the German bombers have done to Britain but not showing the destruction that Britain have caused to Germany. It puts across the message that only Germany have been bombing.

  1. Did all of Lord Kitchener's Volunteer army march to war with Zest and Idealism ...

    If the cartoon is true, the ordinary soldier would have his zest and idealism snatched away, punctured because he wouldn't be able to trust his own leaders. The General-ship was inept. In Source C, British soldiers are standing, listening to a General, talking about the next day, the 1st July.

  2. Underlying messages portrayed by Blackadder Goes Fourth of WW1

    This is useful to historians as it tells them about captain's attitudes towards Haig. The source also implies that Blackadder is a lot more intelligent and realistic than George; we know this as Blackadder replies when asked about the battle "We are all going to get killed".

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work