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Describe the effects of the Blitz on everyday life in Britain, The blitz had a huge effect on the people of Britain, changing their way of life of the citizens in a massive way and in a very sudden time frame. Changes happened in the way they ate, their jobs, the way they travelled and what times they travelled the shelter they inevitably had to seek and even what hours they could sleep (or not) at. First and Foremost - it was essential that the people of Britain could continue to function basically during attacks - and it was for this reason that the British government ensured that adequate shelter was provided for the public, in mass sheltered accommodation and in more private, smaller shelters for individual families. On a larger scale, Underground stations could be used, but conditions here were cramped, often unsanitary and dangerous, on one occasion several people died in a stampede on the stairs of an underground station; however the government worked hard to ensure that the underground stations were a safe and organised place to shelter. ...read more.


Those living in the East End of London were most badly affected as they lived close to London's docks and shipyards which were targeted heavily by the Luftwaffe. It was the Governments concern however, that the East Enders who often worked in the shipyards would not return to their homes and work after leaving, however, after some time they realised that their concerns were unfounded and that civilians trekking were in fact returning to their important jobs working in Britain's Shipping industry. A Blackout was ordered, to stop the enemy planes from seeking out large towns by looking for the hundreds of electrical lights. Blackouts meant that during times of darkness, all indoor lights had to be turned off unless crucial and windows had to be covered over to stop light escaping - air raid patrol Wardens were very strict on ensuring that no light was escaping from cracks in curtains. Car headlights could only be used when absolutely necessary - and could only then be used at a lowered level to pre-war time. This restricted greatly the hours that people could work resulting in those who had night shifts or twilight shifts being made redundant. ...read more.


People acknowledged immediately that whilst tragedy may have struck them, it may well have hit someone else just as bad or worse, or may do in the future and so this quiet acceptance meant that people did not tend to complain or discuss their hardships. This also added to the high levels of pride and morale that became part of everyday life in Britain. It is often said that the media coverage of the Blitz is very different to the sort of coverage received today - however, I feel that the Blitz spirit is comparable to the spirit in London after the terrorist attacks on the Underground. The images the press reported were of people helping each other from the wreckage, and of Ambulance crews responding. Not of dead bodies. The spirit of the Londoners at both times was to continue regardless. Everyday life changed abruptly with the arrival of the Blitz,but everyday life was changed by many other things, not only the Blitz, for example rationing, which continued after the war. But, it is certain to say that one of the effects that the Blitz did NOT have - was to dampen the morale of the British people. William Pate CAND No. 5181 ...read more.

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