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Describe the Effects of the Blitz on the lives of everyday people in Britain

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Describe the Effects of the Blitz on the lives of everyday people in Britain In September 1940 when the Luftwaffe began to bomb the English citizens, it was obvious to everyone that safety precautions would have to be taken to help the country and to save lives. Apart from other effects on specific people the main effects were rationing, air raid precautions and obviously the air raids themselves. Rationing was introduced because of supply and demand, before the second world war started Britain imported nearly 55 million tonnes of food every year from foreign countries. The German army disrupted this trade as much as possible when war broke out so the British government introduced rationing in order to keep the people of Britain fed. The system was to register with a local shop and the shop would be given enough food to feed all of its registrars. ...read more.

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Many people packed themselves into tube stations where the smell was said to be, 'Unbearable, I don't know how the people didn't die from suffocation'. Despite the, 'stench', the tube stations were considered to be very safe however, German high yield explosive bombs could penetrate 50ft deep through the ground and because of these bombs over 700 people died in tube stations. Black outs were also used in the night time bombing raids so that the Germans (when flying over cities) could not see any lights from the street and therefore could not see their targets. The air raid wardens would often come round to make sure that all the lights were out and because of their strict regimes they sometimes grew to be quite despised among the community. Men: The men who had not been recruited or had not signed up for the army would become ARP wardens (Air Raid Precaution). ...read more.

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827,000 school children and 13,000 expectant mothers were moved, the billetor who took in the child would receive 10 shillings per week and another 8 shillings for each extra person he took in. This money was meant to be used to take care of the child but some people would just charge lodging and take extra money. The villagers complained about the state of the children and said that, 'the state of them is appalling, they are covered in vermin....I'm surprised they survived in the city', to some extent this was true, many of the evacuated children suffered from head lice and fleas, many also had impetigo (a skin infection caused by bacteria) and scabies (tiny mites which cause rashes). In conclusion the blitz did have many effects on the people of Britain but humans like many other species learn how to adapt to new surroundings very quickly in order to survive and survive is exactly what the British people did. ...read more.

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