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Britain In The Age Of Total War Coursework 1. The major cities of Britain were bombed In 1940-41 for many reasons. With Germany firmly in control of Europe the last hurdle that remained was Britain. After its planned invasion had failed Germany tried to collapse Britain from the inside. With the air raids every night pounding British cities with hundreds of bombs, the effect was catastrophic. The main targets of the air raids were industrial complexes and dockland areas. They tried to grind the British war machine to a halt, too reduce the force that resisted them Residential areas were also heavily bombed, homes and families were ripped apart by the continual bombardment. Their main aim was to bomb the British into submission, lowering the moral of the people was what they wanted to do most and which they needed for Churchill to surrender. The bombing did exactly the opposite. The British people were brought together in a way that had never been seen before. ...read more.


Schools continued as on as well as they could but with the blitzing of cities and the constant threat of German invasion, not much work was done! But for the people that remained in the city during the Blitz there was the continual threat of death looming over their heads with the intense bombing raids. One result of this was the blackout. Due to the continual bombing raids, the Blackout was introduced to try to throw the bombers off course. They were looking for a huge spider web of light that was a City but only got what looked like open fields in the pitch black nights. This hugely disrupted lives, but people found a way round this. Went to cinemas and dancing, but then the bombings started on them as well. This along with residential targets. This was made increasingly easy for the German Air force with the start of daylight raids. These were to demoralize Britain to such an extent that the people would surrender. ...read more.


A negative picture would have been disastrous. But sometimes a bad picture, portraying a bombed school or the bodies of the dead lying in the street, could be turned into a patriotic beacon of hope. The scale of the bombings was another aspect of the Blitz that the Government wanted to have under their complete control in terms of figures, and the extent of the damage released to the public. This information would have been extremely useful for the Nazis in assessing how successful their bombings had been and used to plan their future operations. Nazi spies would be able to obtain this highly sensitive invaluable information by simply buying a newspaper. For this reason the government always played down a catastrophe or turned it to their advantage. Radio stations were carefully monitored by government officials to make sure that a negative effect on the public who would believe everything that was told to them. The government used this to their advantage by claiming things were going well when things were not going right for Britain and their allies. Frank Cantwell 1 ...read more.

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