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Britain in the Age of Total War, 1939-45.

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Britain in the Age of Total War, 1939-45 1. From source A I can only learn a little about the response of the British people to the effects of the blitz I know when the blitz was as it the book was to celebrate 50 yrs of the Blitz. The source doesn't contain much information about how people responded but tells a little. The source is from a book written 50 years after the Blitz and there is not much information written about how people felt but the source says that people showed that they didn't have to be in uniform to be heroes. This tells me that the British people were proud of themselves and thought of themselves as heroes. From this I can also learn that the Blitz wasn't getting to people as the people were proud and tying to get on with their lives. Also from this quote I can tell that the British people who weren't in the army also were involved in the Blitz as people not in uniform were also heroes this means that the British people must have played a part in the Blitz. Also I can learn that the British people were full of courage at a time full of tragedy and terror and that the British people were determined to overcome the Blitz. Also I can learn that people tried to forget about the Blitz by amusing themselves and others. This shows that the British people were courageous during this period. ...read more.

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All the sources agree that the bombing was done randomly as there are different areas bombed in all the sources and nothing was targeted. 4. The government was concerned about keeping the morale of the British people up in the autumn of 1940 as it didn't want people to lose confidence in them and didn't want people to feel it couldn't trust the government. The government relied on media to lift the moral of the country, otherwise all support for the war would be lost and all the industries that were needed for the war effort would not be able to produce anything without the workers. The government were aware of this which is why they were so concerned about morale. The confidence of the country was important for the vital production of war materials. If the public were depressed and scared of a town or city since it was being bombed they would move. The government did not want this to happen, because if the people left the cities there would be no one to work in the factories or workhouses. So in turn the government made every effort to keep the spirits up, believing a happy worker is a better worker and from this the government would gain more confidence knowing that it will be backed up by the British people in helping them come through the Blitz. Also the government didn't want people to worry as it already had a big problem and needed to get through that. ...read more.

Conclusion

By looking at the source A it says that the courage and unity is true as it talks about people being courageous and thinking themselves as heroes but doesn't say that people were together and isn't much reliable as it is from a book. Source B says that it was a myth and wasn't as it shows courage by the workers as they are putting bodies in bags so this must mean they were courageous and also the photo was banned because of what it showed and this shows that unity was real and goes against myth, However source C could be seen both ways as it shows courage and unity as people are sticking together and showing courage but it could be a myth as the photo could be staged by the government to keep up morale. Source D suggests that the statement is a myth as it shows people arguing and this does not show courage and unity. source E also suggests that the courage and unity is a myth as people are running away as they are scared and they are not showing courage. Also there is Bitterness (source F) towards the king and queen and this shows how people reacted. Overall the statement is true and false. There are reasons for it being true and false. Most of the sources suggest that the courage and unity was a myth as most of the sources show that people weren't being courageous and who can blame them as the bombing will get to people and they can't be happy when they are scared. Shahid Abdus ...read more.

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