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Study Sources B and C. Which one of these sources do you trust more?

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Study Sources B and C. Which one of these sources do you trust more? There are a few ways in which I trust the author of C more than B. One of these reasons is that C was from an interview with 'Private George Coppard' who was on the frontline whilst fighting in the Somme. We know that he was on the frontline because in the interview he explains what he saw "It was clear that there were no gaps in the wire", but if you weren't near the frontline you wouldn't be able to see if there were or weren't gaps in the barbed wire. Another reason why I trust source C is that it was written years after the war so he wouldn't have to worry about being punished or kicked out ...read more.

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All went like clockwork", Haig would've wanted the first day to sound like a success so that the families and people of Britain would have hope that the war is going fine and that their relatives are still alive. On the other hand, I trust B more than C because Haig has more access to reports as he was a field marshal who needs the updates about the war to make important changes in the tactics he used, this is how he knew that everything "All went like clockwork". Also Haig wrote the report on the same day as the attack but Coppard was interviewed years after the attack. I do not trust C because he can only comment on what he sees "Dead were strung out on the barbed wire" and not on what might be happening elsewhere at the Somme. ...read more.

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- Source B and "breaking down the powers of resistance of the enemy" -Source H, this comparison heightens my trust of source B. Also the source was written by a British general who fought in both wars, this also makes me trust source B because the general can make fair comparisons between both wars, he also wrote this years after the war so he would have no obvious reason to lie. On the other hand, source J agrees more with source C when it says "It killed far more of our best." This corresponds with source C as it mentions that "Hundreds of dead", this makes me trust source C more than source B once again. Overall I trust the author of source C more than the author of source B because the source relates more to my own knowledge and other sources than source C. ?? ?? ?? ?? David Green ...read more.

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