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London during the Blitz

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London during the Blitz 1. Before reading Source A there is a provenance about it which explains what the source will be about and what information will be included in the contents. From reading this we learn that the source is a Home Intelligence report and so it was not shown to the public and it was kept secret, this shows us that it is very reliable as the Government would not need to change it so it was positive to keep the public's morale up. The provenance also tells us that the reports were sent in by Home Intelligence officers who had collected their information from people such as doctors, priests, shopkeepers, trade union officials and business people. This also shows that the source is very reliable because the Home Intelligence chose people who would be in contact with many people and would be talk to them and would know what they were feeling about the war. We can also tell that it is reliable because what is being said is true and we can relate to it, in the source it says 'Lack of sleep is beginning to tell on people in all districts, showing itself in paleness and tiredness in children and irritability in grown-ups', we can understand from what we know that people would feel like that because that is how people act when tired. ...read more.

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This shows us that the people being positive were really just trying to look brave for the King. Although this is also very unreliable, like Source B it is useful, it shows us what people do when they want to look brave because of people's opinions of them and how they might come across to other's. Source D was written by Harold Nicolson, a Government minister in the Ministry of Information in his diary on 17th September, 1940. From this piece of information we know that he worked for the Government and that he wrote it while the bombing was still going on. In the first sentence he says 'Everybody is worried about the feeling in the East End, where there is much bitterness,', by 'everybody' he means the people in Government and when he says that there is much bitterness in the East End, there was, but they had the right to feel bitter because they had just lost their homes, all their possessions and some extremely unlucky people had lost members of their family. In the second line he says 'It is said that even the King and Queen were booed the other day when they visited the destroyed areas', by using 'it is said' it shows that he is doubtful about this fact and does not know whether it is true or not, it may just have been a rumour. ...read more.

Conclusion

This seems very unlikely to have happened, if you were hurt and you're home had just been destroyed you would not be waiting patiently in a queue to be seen by someone, you would be very distraught and confused. This may have been what he had seen but he has changed it into something that tells people they are wonderful and amazing for doing it. Source F was from an article in a magazine by a socialist, a socialist is someone who is against the Government and believes that everyone is equal; this shows that he will support the East London and might be a bit biased towards the East Londoners because they are not having the same treatment as people in the West End. He says that the East End weren't being provided with what they needed, such as treatment for casualties, food and water and gas or electricity. This shows what the East End were dealing with and because of this many people found it very difficult to cope with the conditions. It wasn't just the East End who would have found it difficult to cope though, I believe the majority of people would have found it hard to live the way they did during the Blitz no matter where they came from or how often they were bombed, which includes the West End. ...read more.

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