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Britain and the First World War

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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.

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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.

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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.

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