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Does Source D support the evidence from Source B and C about the damage done during air raids?

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3. Does Source D support the evidence from Source B and C about the damage done during air raids? (8) Source D partly supports the evidence of Sources B and C about the damage done during the air raids. Source D is a photograph taken on 15th November 1940 after the air raid on Coventry. The photograph shows a man, whose face we can't see clearly, pointing at another man. The streets as we can see in the photograph is heavily bombed and on the left side of the photograph we can see a building with only one facade that survived. This clearly shows how heavy the bombing was. From the photograph we can make out that there might be some sort of argument going on and perhaps looting, though we cannot be sure what is happening. The photograph was taken on 15th November 1940 and was not published for 3 months until February 1941. The photograph has a positive propaganda caption 'sorting personal property' but the source is ambiguous. ...read more.

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The two men could be joking around and 'sorting out personal property'. However their body language looks more aggressive suggesting there could be an argument or looting going on. Source D partly supports the evidence of Source B about the damage done during the air raids. Both sources are photographs taken in the 20th century. Both sources depict the aftermath of the bombing raids. Sources B and D show damage down by the air raid. Source B shows air raid wardens helping to put bodies in bags, whereas in Source D it shows the effects to the street due to the air raid. Source D shows that the buildings was severely damaged and there was pieces of buildings and several possessions on the road. Both sources show the vast damage done by the air raids but both sources show different sort of damage. Both sources also show organisation. In both sources the community are trying to sort out the disaster. In source B there are bodies being put into sacks, whereas in source D, it is the sorting out of personal property and possessions. ...read more.

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Sources D and C both also show damage done but different kinds of damage. Both sources supposedly show community sprit and high morale; "British grit" "sorting personal property". Sources D and C are dated early in the Blitz; September and November 1940. Both sources are made for propaganda purposes and both have positive captions "British grit" and "sorting personal property". Source D does not full support source D because the two sources are published in different months. Source D was published in November whereas source C was published in September. Another difference between source D and C is that you can clearly see that source C was posed and source D was clearly not. You can see it is posed because you can see that it is taken from an high angle. You can see that Source C is posed because it is a photograph showing the positive aspects of the Blitz. In conclusion source D partly supports the evidence of sources B and C about the damage done during the air raids. Source D supports source B more than source C because they both show damage done in air raids and also because source C is posed and the other sources are clearly not. ...read more.

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