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How useful are Sources B and C in helping you to understand the effects of the Blitz on people in Britain?

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Study Sources B, C. How useful are Sources B and C in helping you to understand the effects of the Blitz on people in Britain? Source B shows the aftermath of the bombing of a girl's school in London and is very useful in helping to understand the effects of the Blitz on British people. It shows us how the devastation was being dealt with practically, and portrays officials trying to clear the bodies from the wreckage. The mere fact that it portrays young children to have been killed gives us an understanding of how London's youth was affected by the bombing. The photograph shows a number of bodies being covered, showing that a large number of people were being affected. The people in the picture convey a sense of grief and mellowness, which helps us to understand how people felt as a result of the deaths, and contrasts with the high morale so often described at the time. These people were clearly traumatised by the event before them. By showing the bodies in sacking it shows us that the people of Britain were trying to move on with their day to day lives as quickly as possible, and were prepared to deal with the destruction caused by the bombing. ...read more.

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by only showing censored photographs, many British people would not have been affected by tragedies they were not aware of and they would continue to support the government. However it also shows how the British government were worried about the fragile state of British morale, as they were not prepared to risk displaying distressing photographs to the public. The photograph shown in Source C is useful in helping us to understand the effects of the Blitz on British people in several ways. By showing a large number of people in the photograph, it helps us to understand a wide range of views, as opposed to a few select people. This gives us a greater impression of the general views held during the time of the bombing. We can see the devastation behind the people in the photograph, and this helps us understand how people who had been directly affected by the Blitz were reacting, and how it was affecting their lives. The photograph shows men, women and children, which is useful because it shows how everyone was affected by the bombing. ...read more.

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The fact that this source was published at the time of the Blitz is very useful because it shows how people were reacting directly after the attacks. It also helps us understand how the government wanted this sort of picture to be portrayed as quickly as possible, in order to display defiance against the bombing raids. The fact that this source was published so soon after the event shows how the government was trying to ensure the British people were comforted by stories of determination and not dampened morale. Therefore helping us to understand how they were trying to raise the morale of the people. However in some ways the provenance of this source is not useful, because it was intended to be used for propaganda, and therefore would not show any sights of distress or upset for fear of upsetting the readers. As a result of this the source is unlikely to be showing the full picture of how the British people in general were affected by the bombing. I think that Source C is more useful than Source B because it was allowed to be published at the time. Because of this is displays how the government felt the British should and were reacting to the bombing in general. ?? ?? ?? ?? Millie Daglish U5X ...read more.

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