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From studying all of the sources I do not think that it is possible to make an accurate judgement about what happened on bloody Sunday because all of the sources are contradictory and one source contradicts the next.

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History coursework. From studying all of the sources I do not think that it is possible to make an accurate judgement about what happened on bloody Sunday because all of the sources are contradictory and one source contradicts the next. The only source that I think is reliable is Source I because it is the only source that is not biased or exaggerated in some way it just says that cold hard facts and that is that the reporter didn't see anything because he was one of nearly one hundred people pinned to the ground and this source only tells you that there was gun fire of some description, but can't help you to find out who started bloody Sunday because the reporter doesn't know and he couldn't see who started firing first either. This is also a good guide to the behaviour of others and helps us to understand the why so many eyewitnesses can not be trusted and are confused. Source A is a picture it shows us a picture of the Irish Frankenstein a big beast which is towering over a cowering scared little Englishman about to be killed by the big Irish beast. ...read more.

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The main motive of this source is to defend the British soldiers. The audience is mainly school children from England and Wales. The source does not really help us to find out what happened on bloody Sunday because it doesn't say who shot first and it contains to much bias and opinion, it also contains too much exaggeration like the 'slap' and the 'fire' which was also after the event of bloody Sunday. But the source is useful in a couple of ways because it tells us the date of bloody Sunday and how many people died. Source F is an eyewitness account told by the army commander he said that when he got up to William Street he came under fire from the Rossville flats he and his troops were petrol bombed and had acid poured on them from the top of the flats, he went onto say that when the army are attacked they must protect themselves. This source is exaggerated because the way the commander makes the acid incident sound is that he had bottles full poured on him but really it was only drips of acid. ...read more.

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The report goes onto say that even though the people took part in a parade that was banned it did not justify the firing of live rounds. The coroner also said with 'sheer reservation' that bloody Sunday was sheer unadulterated murder. This source is exaggerated because the coroner said that during bloody Sunday the army ran amok but if they had there would have been a lot more damage and deaths than there was. This source is also an official report that tells us a biased point of view for the Irish this is not what we expect because the coroner is probably a protestant and is against the marchers, but again it helps us to understand what happened on bloody Sunday because it give us a point of view and this can also be compared to opposing opinions and views like the one in Source J. Therefore I conclude that although I have got many different opinions of what happened on bloody Sunday I can't say for definite who fired the first shot and started bloody Sunday, but I can say that from the evidence I have seen and read I think that the Irish took the first shot and the army fired upon known or identified targets to protect themselves and other innocent people in the surrounding area's. ...read more.

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