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Dane Wilson Home Front Coursework 1. Source A was from a book published in 1990 called 'waiting for the all clear'. It was written to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Blitz and it was also written to celebrate Britain's victory. I can learn that people during the Blitz didn't have to be in a uniform to be heores, they kept their cool, determination and courage, they didn't let anything get them down. The source gives no contrary details to the source as in whether the morale boost was all over the country or just in specific places and how long they continued to be on this boost for. This is also a secondary source. 2. Sources B and C show both the good and bad aspects of the constant bombing. Source B is a picture of men placing dead bodies into body-bags at Catford Girls' school in london on 21st January 1943 where it was bombed on 20th January 1943 during an air raid. Source C shows a picture dated 15th September 1940 showing people with all of their belongings cheering and chanting with smiles on their faces despite their homelessness, this happened during the air raids in North London, the night before where their houses where demolished, their houses wrecked but the tennants' of the buildings still showed the British courage and determination. This was used as propaganda towards the public by the media. The Goverment did censor source B because they thought it would show a 'dent in their armour' and it would also lower many of the British peoples morale. ...read more.


Source f is fom Harold Nicholson's diary and it ws dated 17th September 1940. Harold knew several members of the Goverment. His diary extract is a primary source and says that everyone who is worried about the feeling in the East End of London where there is much bitterenss. It was also said that even the King and Queen were booed the other day whilst visiting the destroyed areas. This is showing pretty much the same as Source E but the King and Queen go to the destroyed areas to boost morale. The Goverment wanted to boost morale but was very concerned about the effects of the panic upon the people of Britain, but had to show they won't be scared out of their country. Source G is from the book 'Don't you know there's a war on' published in 1988. It says that as long as there were men and women to to continue reproduction, the country's economic life could continue and the planes, tanks and armaments roll off the assembly lines. Attnedance at work remained suprisingly good in most areas, their was failure in the East End's attendance at work mainly because the areas around there had been very badly hit and the places that were standing the workers were frightened for their own safety and knew it wouldn't be long before their building would had of been hit. Understandably there was widespread fear during the Blitz. This frequently. This frequently led to flights of entire communities into the countryside, or 'trekking' as it was known at one time. ...read more.


Source E is a primary source and is a report to the Goverment by the Ministry of Information dated 10th September 1940 which stated that when the sirens went people ran frantically for shelter. Citizens Advice Bureau was unindated with calls from hysterical mothers with young children begging to be removed from the district immeadietly due to the constant bombing. Flight's from the East End growing rapidly. Taxi drivers report taken group after group to Euston and Paddington railway stations with all of their belongings. Source f is an extract from Harold Nicholson's diary dated 17th November 1940 and has in it that everyone is worried about the feeling in the East End of London where there is much bitterness. It is said that even the King and Queen were booed the other day whilst visiting the destroyed areas. This is a primary source. With use of all the sources and my own knowledge I can come to a conclusion that the British faced the Blitz with courage and unity, their approach is not a myth, thats's not true. Amongst all the homelessness and censorship came bravery and courage aswell as unity amid the British residents, they weren't going to be beat at mind games by Germany and therefore for 'hanging in' there was the result of them winning World War II. Even though there wasn't many shelters available people improvised by using the tube stations as a shelter. They can with-stand a major blast and therefore doing that saved many residents. It may have left them homeless but I think they rather would have been homeless rather than dead. ...read more.

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