• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The Battle of Britain

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

How useful are the sources A, B and C in understanding what the evacuation from the beaches of Dunkirk was like? I think that source B is most useful for many reasons such as it gives an entire view of the beaches and there are lots of other people that agree with source B and back I up. I think that both source A and C are also important though. Source A suggests that the army was unorganised, that the soldiers were panicking and that the navy was the only organised force there. This source is useful in understanding what the evacuation from the beaches of Dunkirk was like especially from the perspective of a naval officer although there are some limitations and problems. ...read more.

Middle

All of these things decrease it's usefulness and we are also unsure of how it is written, if it is in a diary then it may be more truthful than if it was in a newspaper. I think that this source is helpful to find out what the evacuation from the beaches of Dunkirk but it is definitely not the most useful source. Source B is very useful in understanding what the evacuation of the beaches of Dunkirk was like, it tells you about how frightening it was for men on the beaches and how easy it was for the Germans to cut the men down. This was written by a seaman so as with source A he will not have known what it was like to be a soldier on the beaches but instead will have had an overview of the beaches. ...read more.

Conclusion

It also may have been exaggerated as it was written by a Cornish merchant seaman who will have had no experience of war and may have found what most people in the war do brave. There is also not much to compare this source against, apart from R.V Jones saying "I heard of the commander-in-chief, Lord Gort standing on the beach with two guardsmen as loaders while he tried to shoot down German dive-bombers with a rifle. As I said before I think that source B is the most useful as it gives us a wide view and tells us what it was like evacuating the beaches of Dunkirk more than A or B. A has contradictions from other sources and C doesn't tell you that much about what it was like evacuating the beaches of Dunkirk. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Britain 1905-1951 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Britain 1905-1951 essays

  1. The Evacuation of Dunkirk.

    America, Italy and France also expressed there views about Dunkirk. (SOURCE M7) The source on the previous page is from the South Wales Echo in 1940 which is an American interpretation of Dunkirk. It tells us that Dunkirk was a shining thing which is the soul of free men.

  2. Dunkirk and The Battle of Britain - Why was Britain able to win the ...

    However, I feel the source may be exaggerated for propaganda purposes to show the scenes as a miracle, which Churchill used as a morale booster. Because of these points, I consider the events depicted in this scene are true but slightly overstated.

  1. Defeat, Deliverance or Victory? Which of these best describes Dunkirk?

    Also he is a retired sailor, so he had already served his country, so he wanted Britain to look good. His account is only a snapshot of time, so they may have been one of the lucky boats, other boats may have sunk.

  2. Why was britain able to win the battle of britain

    were the RAF nearly came close to defeat, in the first week of September the British had lost 185 aircraft and 300 airmen. How ever due to the development of weapons and the planes this soon reversed as statistics show below (See table below).

  1. How useful are the sources A, B and C in understanding what the battle ...

    "Dunkirk was a great deliverance and a great disaster." (A.J.P Taylor). Is there sufficient evidence in sources D to J to support this interpretation? Use the sources and your knowledge to explain your answer. The quote made by A.J.P Taylor is a contradiction.

  2. Dunkirk and the battle of Britain.

    The evacuation of British troops from France in 1940 did not end with Dunkirk. British forces were still being rescued two weeks later when Britain's worst maritime disaster of World War II took place. On 17th June 1940 British troopship lancastria was sunk of the Brittany of port of Saint- Nazaire, more than 3000 people lost their lives.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work