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History GCSE Coursework Britain in the Age of Total War Coursework Assignments 1. Study Source A What can you learn from Source A about the response of the British people to the effects of the Blitz? (6) Source A shows us that although the British people experienced "terror and tragedy", there was still an unmistakable atmosphere of "courage and an unshakable determination". The source goes on to say that it was not just the soldiers who were heroes; ordinary civilians joined in the war effort too: "The British people showed that they didn't have to be in uniform to be heroes". The source states that even those who were at home in the "most appalling circumstances kept their sense of humour" showing that out of the horror of the Blitz, the British people kept their morale up. ...read more.

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Study Sources B, C How useful are sources B and C in helping you to understand the effects of the Blitz on people in Britain? (10) 2. Source B and C are both photographs but B is of a bombing which did not take place during the Blitz because it is dated "21 January 1943" when the Blitz actually ended in the summer of 1941. Nevertheless, it does show a similar situation to the Blitz and illustrates the idea that people worked together during this time and helped each other, as is demonstrated in Source C, which also shows a "team", and how even though the tenants' houses were wrecked, they "still showed the British grit". ...read more.

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people in Source C might have been told to act courageous and determined in order to show others around Britain that they indeed could survive such a catastrophe, that morale was always kept up even if homes and lives were being lost. The fact that Source B was censored whilst C was allowed to be published is very useful in helping us understand the effects of the Blitz on people as it shows that the British Government anticipated a bad reaction from the public if people were shown to be actually dying from the bombing, and so only photographs that illustrated the valour and survival of the British were published, as propaganda to show the bravery of the country and to keep the war effort going. Words: 303 Nyla Khan 10L GCSE History Coursework Mrs Jenkins ...read more.

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