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1. Why were the major cities of Britain bombed by the Germans in 1940-1941? Major cities in Britain were bombed because the Germans wanted to cripple the British economy, make Britain not be able to function as a country, destroy the manufacturing industry so Britain would be starved of vital resources and not be able to hold up much resistance to a German invasion. An example of bombing particular cities was Liverpool. Liverpool was the second most bombed city after London. The reason that Hitler wanted cities like Liverpool to be destroyed was because Liverpool was a major shipping port the same as Southampton which was also bombed heavily for the same reason that if they could cut off the major shipping ports it would starve Britain into submission by cutting off the convoys like the ones from the United States, or make an invasion a lot easier. Cities like Coventry were bombed for different reasons. Coventry had many of the vital war factories and did much war work. ...read more.


These cities were bombed to bring the country to a standstill. And to starve us of resources. That did not happen, thanks to the resilience of the British people. In a way, those bombings of London, Liverpool and Coventry, pushed the country together to work against the enemy united. 2. Describe the effects of the Blitz on everyday life in Britain. The Blitz effected everyday life in Britain because there was lots of disruption to the things that kept Britain ticking on. Things like shops or office blocks could be flattened in one bombing raid. This would mean that there would be no jobs for people to go to and, in the case of a shop, people would not be able to buy the supplies they needed. This made many people poor and people going without supplies that they needed. As a result of there being not enough soap disease spread and rats infested cities like London with all the old food left from bombed out houses. ...read more.


When there was heavy bombing over London during the Blitz the Government, fearing a bombing of the Houses of Parliament the war rooms were set up in Whitehall. These were to protect the government from bombings or attacks. In conclusion to the question, the Blitz effected the lives of civilians who were not fit to fight. Children, women, the old and disabled people were all on the front line. There was no choice in the matter. That is bound to have an affect on every aspect of life that we take for granted in peace time. Even going to the shop for a newspaper. The shop might not be there, the printing company that printed the paper might have been destroyed, or even the ink suppliers to the printing company might have vanished, in one nights bombing. If one of these stages does not work then there will be no newspaper. Imagine that now with a company making bread, or even the government of the country, all these things would affect the people of Britain's everyday life. Ashley Finn ...read more.

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