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Describe the effects of the Blitz on everyday life in Britain.

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Michaela Bedford Question 2: Describe the effects of the Blitz on everyday life in Britain. In this essay I am going to describe the effects the Blitz had on the life of the British people. The word Blitz comes from the German word Blitzkrieg meaning lightening war. The Blitz is the bombing of London, England, by the Germans in 1940 and 1941 during World War II. The Blitz started at 5 o'clock on the 7th September 1940. The German air force sent 300 German aircrafts to drop high explosives on the docklands which included homes, factories, warehouses etc. As the bombs were dropped fire broke out immediately. More German bombers arrived by 7:30pm and the fires were out of control, Londoners were being evacuated by the thousands. ...read more.

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These other cities included Coventry, Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester, Bristol, Southampton, Portsmouth, Liverpool, Belfast and many other cities. Coventry was bombed on the 14th November were the German bombers destroyed the city centre and all its ancient buildings and cathedrals. But none of these cities were hit as bad as London, in every week of September 1940 40,000 - 50,000 people lost their homes and had to live in rest centres. The British people would get on with everyday work after a nights raid as if nothing had happened, even though everyone was suffering. The British people were all cheerful in the face of adversity. German bombers often made mistakes and dropped bombed in wrong places. But when they did hit their targets there were fires and disaster to come along with it. ...read more.

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There were more civilian casualties and deaths than militarily in Britain, but this did not bruise their determination. The British people trusted the government and politicians and were determined to defeat the enemy by continuing to do their best for the war effort. The Blitz finally ended in May 1941, when Hitler realised that the British were not going to surrender. So the Germans decided to invade Russia. Raids still continued for the British, but the ordeal of the Blitz was over. In this essay I have explained and expanded on the effect of the Blitz on everyday life of the British people. I have come to the conclusion that during the Blitz the British people were determined not to let the Germans crush them no matter how bad things got in Britain. All the British people stood up for each other and got on with everyday life. ...read more.

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