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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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Liz Reed 2. How Useful are sources B and C in helping you to understand the effects of the Blitz on people in Britain? Source B is a photo Catford Girls' School after the air raid on London on the 20 January 1943. The photo is very graphic and shows dead women and children. The photo is very morbid and rather gruesome. It does show civil defence personnel which shows how organised the government at the time was being, but this is about the only good thing. This sombre and shocking picture depicts the deaths of innocent civilians, which even the most hard-hearted of people would find terrible. ...read more.

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It means that they control what goes into newspapers and what doesn't. If they feel some thing is unsuitable they chose for it not to go in and it doesn't. Censorship is a very good idea, as the governments can take anything out which might weaken a countries morale, and if a countries morale breaks their effort weakens and it can change the path of the war. Source B was censored and not allowed in papers as it was felt that it was bad for morale. This photo shows scenes that were thought would be found terrifying to the British people as it shows everyday civilians dead. ...read more.

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It could have been staged for everyone to be smiling and happy, but then we could go even farther and say it might not have even been taken at the same time of the bombing it might not even be the same place it could even have been taken in a studio. To conclude I don't feel that source C is a very good help in understanding the effects of the Blitz on the people of Britain as it seems quite unreal and probably didn't happen without at least some encouragement to get everyone so happy. Source B I feel is quite helpful though, especially as it was censored, which indicates to me it was just a bit too truthful for the liking of the government. ...read more.

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