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In what ways did the government attempt to hide the effects of the Blitz form the people of Britain?

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In what ways did the government attempt to hide the effects of the Blitz form the people of Britain? The British Government tried to hide the effects of the Blitz by using censor to cut out information damaging to morale, using positive information about how people were coping with the Blitz and by allowing the Ministry of Information to use propaganda, which encouraged people to continue to support the war effort. Censors did not allow newspapers to publish stories and photos reporting high civilian casualties in areas bombed by the Germans, these were also not allowed to be published by the ministry of information. Censor did not allow the public to see photographs taken in November 1940 showing people arguing in the streets of Coventry over who owned various pieces of property following a bombing raid on that area. A report showing people running away from Coventry to countrysides to sleep wasn't shown either as an attempt to hide the effects of the Blitz. Reports of people panicking were hidden as report showing people of Coventry in a hysterical state, unable to cope with another night of bombing was banned. ...read more.

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and giving victory signs and so showed the British to be victorious and courageous against the nazi's such as the newspapers, which spoke about the number of German aircraft shot down by the RAF. However the devastation of Luftwaffe a raids and casualties were hidden from the public. Newspapers also showed the heroic work of the emergency services and the ARP wardens giving help and trying to rescue people in bombed areas. Reports also showed the positive ness of people sticking together, helping each other through terrible conditions and danger and they were also shown carrying on with daily business in bombed areas and singing songs of victory. Censorship was when information was cut out from newspapers films or letters that could be negative and would damage the attempt to win the war. The government tried to hide the effect of the Blitz from the people by allowing only positive information such as stories, photographs and reports which showed the British people coping commendably with the Blitz. Instead of mentioning the devastation and commotion, the government wanted people to see how everyone was staying untied during the horrific nazi attacks. ...read more.

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By producing stories of heroic events the government was trying to set examples which would overcome depression of British people about the Blitz. The Ministry of Information's campaign was particularly important in order to prevent the German propaganda Campaign of 'Lord Haw Haw' destroying British people's confidence. However the British propaganda campaign was vital in order to maintain public morale needed for the war. It is simple to say that the British were acting dishonestly in hiding information of the effect of the Blitz that might be damaging to the morale of the British people. It can also easily be said that the propaganda campaign emphasising British success and a united and courageous Britain did not actually imitate the truth of the situation. The British facing the Blitz with courage and heroism can be seen as a complete lie. However with Britain being at total war civilians would clearly find it difficult to cope with devastations of cities homes and thousands of casualties and so support is vital to keep up morale and war effort. Also the British government would naturally promote a population for war effort to show the enemy that they are not successful. ...read more.

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