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Describe the effects of the Blitz on everyday life in Britain The Blitz was the Germans attempt to destroy British transport and industry

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2. Describe the effects of the Blitz on everyday life in Britain The Blitz was the Germans attempt to destroy British transport and industry. Large industrial areas such as the London docks were bombed frequently and mass transport systems such as the trains were targeted and attacked by the German air force (the Luftwaffe), other key areas in transport and industry that were targeted for regular attacks, were the key road junctions, power stations and ports. The Blitz began on the 17th September and spanned almost a year, until the late summer of 1941. The Blitz was a period of time in which the government set out strict regulations for the British people to follow in order to ensure their safety. It was also a very bizarre period of time as many things that would normally be quite drastic and devastating became common place for example the 13,000 deaths from bombing alone over just 4 months and the destruction of 157 houses in a single night began to be considered common practice by the British public, and although people began ...read more.


Many women volunteered to become air raid wardens out of sheer desperation to contribute to the war effort, as many women who were desperate to help the war effort but had been classified as either immobile or unfit to work (due to disability or having family responsibilities). The Blitz also had a very drastic effect on the sleep patterns of those in London, as during the blitz many people would go for nights on end with very little to no sleep. This shows very high levels of sleep deprivation as only a small minority of the population were getting the recommended 6 hours of sleep a day, and the remaining members of the public would gradually become very tired and exhausted. These vast cases of sleep deprivation contributed greatly to lowering the public's morale. During the Blitz very few citizens remained in their homes, this could have been for a number of reasons, one most probable cause is the high risk of bombing, and the possibility of dying of they were to stay at their home. ...read more.


As many people fearing for their own and their families lives would spend the night in the tube stations or bomb shelters so they could try and get undisturbed sleep and so that they did not have to worry about the effects of bombing on themselves. Again quite a large proportion of Londoners decided to do this. The bombing was worst in the major cities of the time like London and Oxford, because at the time of the war these cities were considered places of large industrial wealth, having many factories and also had large transport system links like the rail tracks. However the major cities were also targeted so that the Germans would have a larger impact on people's lives, as in large cities the houses are all clustered together, so with just one bomb in London you could destroy several houses, and possibly kill several people. However in the countryside if you were to drop a bomb then you were less likely to hit any targets and if you did manage to hit a target then you would affect very few people. ?? ?? ?? ?? Thomas Bartlett History Coursework 15th June 2005 1 ...read more.

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