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Describe the effects of the Blitz on everyday life in Britain

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Describe the effects of the Blitz on everyday life in Britain. When the Blitz started in September, 1940, it came as a huge shock, causing panic to the British people. The epic bombing reigned throughout Britain; London was demolished in 57 consecutive nights, Coventry took a blow in two nights as 450 bombs were dropped, leaving 568 dead and in Southampton, emergency back-up was completely scarce. The tragic events that had taken place were devastating; the effects were immense. But, what were the effects of the Blitz on everyday life in Britain? In this essay, I will explain the results, impact and consequences on everyday life in Britain, the time when civilians were petrified and the government just as anxious. ...read more.

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Gas and water supply was inadequate. This transforming of life gave people sleepless nights; the catastrophic amount of deaths was incredible. Grief had to be abandoned; there was no-time to realise the severe devastation of the bombings and the number of deaths that were cause because of it. This had a big part to play in the everyday life; loved ones had died and the people of Britain had to carry on. And amongst the grieving citizens were the voluntary workers. The destruction taken place meant the workers had to fight their way through the blistering fires; dead bodies or even just parts of bodies were recovered. This was a dreadful sight for people who had once worked in the post office or bakery. ...read more.

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Even going through tiredness, sickness and inadequate meals, they set up kitchens to provide hot meals, walked miles to grocers or butchers to get food supplies and they also opened centres and halls for the homeless. Morale in London was kept by one thought; if St. Paul's Cathedral was still standing then the strength would keep going. The effects of the Blitz on everyday life were phenomenal; destruction, disruption, devastation and morale were all the consequences of a disastrous attack that left thousands dead. The British battled through it and the strength kept them going. It was a phenomenal attempt to destroy Britain but the civilians' self-belief was higher. Churchill led them and they certainly met the expectations of being an important lifeline to Europe. Everyday life had changed but the British came out on top. Laurence Tidy 10W1 History Mrs Thompson Exam No.: ...read more.

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