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Do the sources provided give sufficient evidence to fully explain what happened in Belfast during the Blitz?

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Introduction

The sources provided all give details on what happened during part or all of the raids on Belfast during April/May 1941, but they are all of different degrees of utility and each have gaps. The first source given is an official government report published in a newspaper for the public two days after the attack of April 7th. Its author, the Ministry of Public Security, wanted to keep up the people's morale and therefore covered up the extent of damage caused by the raid. This motive affects its reliability and also reduces its usefulness. The content itself is vague and does not reflect reality, for example far more than "a number" of fires were started and they were not "extinguished quickly". It only provides information on one raid and when compared with Source C, which is much more thorough and detailed, we can see how much is missing in this source. ...read more.

Middle

The information is quite detailed but it too is only about one raid and does not cover May. It says that as a result of the bombing there was "a good deal of panic exodus from the city" and that the casualties were "heavy" but damage "normal". This corresponds with Source B which states that Belfast had the highest total number of deaths out of all five cities mentioned but the damage was verging on the higher average. There is no evidence about how everyday life was affected but does enable the conclusion that Belfast's lack of preparation and failures of the government were exposed by the bombings. The radio broadcast was about the same attack as the report but has a much more positive tone because the BBC is a government station and it has a similar motive to the official statement in Source A. ...read more.

Conclusion

The internet article was from long after the Blitz, therefore it has a fairly unbiased view and its content does match the truth. However it's about the civil defence preparations prior to the attack and is of little use on its own. It does show up the bias of Source A by describing how ill prepared the government was and therefore definitely could not have coped as well as the statement suggests. It also helps to explain the why the damages were so severe and therefore backs up Sources B, C and E. All these sources provide some information on the raids but there is little evidence on what happened in May, no personal accounts from people during the attacks or anything from the German point of view. Therefore there is not sufficient evidence to fully explain what happened in Belfast during April and May 1941 as a result of the Blitz. ?? ?? ?? ?? Chuer Zhang ...read more.

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