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

The Blitz.

Extracts from this document...


History coursework - The Blitz The blitz was obviously a time of great hardship for most British citizens. The constant poundings of major cities within England were enough to deter any country. Most people have an idea of the blitz to be a time of people coming together and showing the nations true personality, but this is not the whole story of the Blitz, as you will see in the text that follows. 1. Why were the major cities of Britain bombed by the Germans in 1940-41? It is clear that there were many reasons for the bombings of major cities within Britain. I will try to explain as many of them as I can now. One obvious reason was that Hitler's growing ambition meant that it was inevitable for Britain to become victim to his brutal racemes. Hitler made is clear that he wanted to control the whole of Europe and so after capturing the majority of the countries within Europe, Britain was next on the list. With his good tactical knowledge, in war matters, he recognised that the way to gain control of Britain was by wiping out the major cities. This would leave Britain industrially and economically paralysed, forcing Britain to surrender. Another clear reason why the Germans bombed the major cities of Britain was to try and damage the morale of people. ...read more.


There would have been several teachers working in the schools, their jobs now gone, meaning no income at all. This could lead to all sorts of problems i.e. loss of house, unable to provide for family etc. Other jobs such as factory workers and shopkeepers would also become uncommon because their places of work would possibly be wiped out. The loss of these jobs would lead to other effects on everyday life. People would not be able to go to the local shop, as they would have usually, to buy items because it would of possibly been bombed. The loss of food shops would mean less food. People had to 'ration' their food. This meaning that everyone would have the same amount of food as everyone else. This leads to hunger and low morale. The bombings overnight would result in many people having to spend the night in a shelter or in some cases, the underground. In order for people to remain safe they had to go underground, this as you can imagine is very uncomfortable. Large families may find themselves in an underground shelter with little space and very little food. This would be a greatly uncomfortable to people and disrupted many families sleeping arrangements etc. Again this would lead to low morale. ...read more.


Of course the British government would try to, as often as they could, send these messages to Hitler back in Germany. If they could show these pictures to him then it might deter the Germans in their attacks as it shows they are not getting anywhere in relevance to making the British surrender. Another way of trying to hide the effects of blitz from the British was to release any articles etc that the people in Britain find demoralising. Instead the government encouraged articles such as Source G. This article explains how the morale of the British is not in decline but it is as strong as ever. The title of the book just shows the attitude of the British government exactly. 'Don't you know there's a war on?' this is the message that the British government would like to send to Germany as if to say we are not affected by the bombings in fact we don't even realise there is a war on! Obviously the true story was very different from this. In all the British government would not allow any information like death rates, damage, amount of bombs being dropped, food shortages etc to reach the British people as they knew it would demoralise them. So in stead the government decided to emit messages that would only boost spirit amongst the people. ...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 Blitz.

    Dramatically cutting distances and allowing attacks to cities as far north as Glasgow and Aberdeen, this was a strategic reason on helping bomb the British cities. Originally also, the bombing of London could have been to help prepare/soften up Britain for Operation Sealion as it was tempting for Germany to try and quickly destroy the last resistance in the West.

  2. (Grade A) Blitz coursework.doc

    This is supported by the fact that a sense of unity was created through the shared realization that the bombs would not discriminate- such as the bombing of the Buckingham Palace and the same ration that the rich and the poor received.

  1. How important were Haig's tactics in bringing an end to WW1?

    The Russian lines, when the German drive had ceased, lay behind the Dvina River between Riga and Dvinsk (Daugavpils), and then ran south to the Dnestr River. Although the Central Powers did not force a decision on the eastern front in 1914-1915, the Russians lost so many men and such

  2. Sourcework - The impression that the British faced the Blitz with courage and unity ...

    the government formed the Home Guard so that it could give the remaining men in Britain, who couldn't fight because of their age or health issues a position that would make them feel responsible and therefore to try and boost morale.

  1. The Blitz

    It is also useful because it shows the aftermath of bombing, for example the personal belongings piled high. Question 3 Source D and supports the evidence of source B, both sources were government censored because they both showed the sheer damage and destruction left in the wake of the bombing.

  2. Life During The Blitz.

    Source five, extract A says "You dirty thing, messing up the lady's carpet. Go and do it in the corner". This is said by a mother to a child suggesting that the mother also has no sense of cleanliness and hygeine as she is instructing her child to do "it" in the corner.

  1. Economic decline in Britain

    Again there is the idea of short-termism which is really present, the government wasn't thinking of the future. Three Prime Ministers, Macmillan, Wilson and Heath set a great deal about the need to modernize Britain, which wasn't modern due to nostalgia, people didn't wanted change.

  2. Why were major cities of Britain bombed by the Germans in 1940-41?

    the morale of the British people, and so keeping their spirits high. The most obvious way of controlling the news was through censorship. The Ministry of Information was the government department that was responsible for informing people about events in the war as well as keeping up morale.

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