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Cambridge indicates that they were prepared, but were they as ready as they say.

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Cambridge at war coursework Q1 Cambridge indicates that they were prepared, but were they as ready as they say. Source A, borough was headquarters for air raid precautions and also at shire hall this is where all the arrangements for the county were dealt with. Voluntary service was mostly woman, there were pleased to receive offers of car and service from owner-drivers, but it seems that maybe they didn't have enough volunteers as they made out; they need more help evacuees too. They go on to say the county's arrangements have worked, although it does indicate that there are some parishes that have not visited the shire hall, as that was were the equipment allocated to them was kept. There was a gas mask drill for the children of the ramsden-square area, Milton-road; they used the proper gas masks assisted by the wardens. While these children were learning how to use the gas masks, there were planes above them, and after this statement it says "will be undoubtly copied in other parts of the borough." ...read more.

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a different audience, Source c is different from all of them because it was written in hindsight of the event unlike the other sources, and Joan Grundy wrote about what she remembers, so she would remember the good things that happened. So the evidence in source D does not support the evidence in source B and C because are giving completely different opinions on evacuation. Q3 Source E is useful because its explaining what she did, why, and what it was like, this woman called Dorothy Anderton worked during in the war a night in Cambridge making bits for tanks etc. she had to work from 8 at night to 6 in the morning, also she was on fire duty, she says that Cambridge was saver than lots of places because of where its situated, she says sometimes they got incendiary bombs. Source F in contrast is not as useful, it does have all the statistics but you have nothing to compare them with source F back up what Dorothy Anderton said you incendiary bombs because the statistic stated that there were '1107' incendiaries bombs, and they were no flying bombs. ...read more.

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map to know his way around, when he brought one it had no map the bookseller told him the 'authorities' by order had torn out al the maps out of all the Cambridge guide books, mail, radio, weather forecasts etc. were others in the steps to stop information getting to Germany, and encouraging the public to 'keep mum'. It was important because there were German agents in Cambridge; the blitz spirit was what the government wanted, to keep up morale and to boost up morale. Cambridge was a place extreme interest for the Germans, for the college did a lot of science looking into new weapons and the Germans were wanting to no more. So in conclusion the government controlled the flow of news and information during the war to keep bad news away from Germans and the public in some ways to stop panic. Q5 The sources from local newspapers shows that Cambridge played its part in maintaining morale, source A in particular it does hint that Cambridge is not as ready as it says it is, but overall the source tries to give the impression that Cambridge is ready for anything. ...read more.

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