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The Blitz In Britain - source related questions and answers

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The Blitz In Britain 1) What can you learn from source A about the response of the British people to the effects of the Blitz? Source A is a secondary source because it is published in 1990. It is a book called 'waiting for the all clear'. The source suggests the bravery of the British people, looking at the first sentence it says that 'they didn't have to be in uniform to be heroes'. This source is a propaganda showing the determination of the British people. In my point of view this is how they managed to stay positive and confident during the worst of times. This book was written to celebrate the positive 50th anniversary of the Blitz 2) How useful are sources B and C in helping you understand the effects of the Blitz on people in Britain? Sources B and C are both primary sources. Source B is a photograph taken in 21st January 1943; it shows a scene of a bombed girls´┐Ż school with many dead bodies lying all over. We also see a few people volunteering to help to carry the dead bodies away. This was a censored photograph because it would depress everyone and would show how many people were being killed. ...read more.

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Source E is a secret report from the ministry of information, describing the reaction of the people when the air raid siren goes on. According to the description, which is by the Ministry of Information to the government, it states that people run "madly for shelters" and that mothers and children are often requesting to be removed form the district. It also states that they discovered that the taxi drivers have been taking a large number of people to Euston and Paddington, which were railway lines. This shows that the people decided to go to railway shelters instead of resorting to the ones the government provided them. The German air raids were not on London in 1940, but many other British cities were also blitzed. This shows a drop in morale, it was obviously caused by the Luftwaffe during the course of the blitz. This could be one of the reasons why the government feared the moral of the county was due to these incidents, which display fear among the people that may lead to a very low moral. The other reasons were that people in the east end of London started to dislike the Royal Family and according to source F it states that the people booed them when they visited the raided areas. ...read more.

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of the Buckingham palace because that incident brought the people together and made know that their leaders are suffering with them and that they are not the only ones. I believe that the statement " The impression the British faced the blitz with courage and unity is a myth." is also partially correct, this is because the photos that were published were of the minority example is source C. I believe that this was what the government wanted the public to see and not how the public reacted in the west end on England. In my opinion the reason why the people in the photo reacted with their thumbs up were probably due to the excitement of having their photo taken which was going to be published on the newspaper. Source F also suggests that in the east end of London, where the damage was done by the blitz was very great, there were many civilians who were very agitated due to their loss; when the king and queen went to visit this damaged area it was said that they were booed at because the people believed that the king and queen didn't know the suffering that they were going through. Most of them felt that they (the poor) were the only people who were affected. ...read more.

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