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The Blitz, source related study.

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1. (Study Source A) What can you learn from source A about the response of the British people to the blitz? From source A, I understood that there were many people who showed an unbreakable sprit and never gave into the terrors of war. They showed a very positive response to the war. This is verified by the sentence "Out of terror and tragedy came courage and unshakable determination." It also showed that British people never gave up and they never seemed to be demoralised as "Those at home in the most appalling circumstances kept their sense of humour." Source A also states that his book was published during the 1990 to celebrate the fifth anniversary if the blitz, and this piece of information proves useful in understanding that this was published by the British to celebrate the blitz and due to this it must have been created by a British patriot. This now starts to raise a doubt if the information that this source provides is completely reliable but it can be considered as a credible piece of information. There is also another main reason why this may not be a completely creditable piece of information is because that this source originated from a publishers description of the book, the cause that this is written is to interest the reader so that he or she will buy the book. ...read more.

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Source C shows a large number of people in the photo showing the British "grit", it was also stated that they were people who were made homeless due to the blitz. Source D on the other hand also shows a number of people on the streets this could be because that they have lost their homes due to the blitz. If this is the case it indicates that source B and D supports each other. 4. (Study Sources E, F and G, and use your own knowledge) Use Sources E, F and G and use your own knowledge, to explain why the government was concerned about the morel (sprit and attitude) of the British people in the autumn of 1940? Source E describes the reaction to people when the air raid siren goes off. 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 described in source E were slight demoralised and decided to go to railway shelters instead of resorting to the ones the government provided them. ...read more.

Conclusion

source A which showed bodies which were sacked up in a rubble covered area The king and queen stayed in London even after the bomb hit part 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. In the east end of London, where the damage 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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