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

The Blitz - source related study.

Extracts from this document...


Assignment 1: The Blitz, 1940- GCSE Coursework Charlie High 1) What can you learn from Source A about the response of the British people to the effects of the Blitz? Source A describes the way in which people in Britain reacted to the bombing throughout the Blitz. It comments on the way that British people somehow conjured up a courageous, humorous and heroic stance amidst the tragedy and terror. The tone of the source is very positive towards the British public, comments such as 'they showed that they didn't have to be in uniform to be heroes', gives us the feeling of a determined community around the country that would stand united against the Germans. I think we must take into account that this Source was written to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Blitz, so the publisher would want to highlight the memorable occasions or moods that were apparent during the Blitz. Also the publisher wants to make people buy the book so he creates a heroic and emotional aspect to the British people who were alive during the Blitz-'Their memories will break your heart and make you smile.' The comments the publisher makes are very general and there is no substantial evidence to back his/her statements up, they could be little more than a persuasive introduction to endure readers. 2) How useful are Sources B and C in helping you to understand the effects of the Blitz on people in Britain? ...read more.


with debris and obliterated buildings and we don't see this in C we are only told that 'houses were wrecked'. D is also genuine and shows the real actions of people during the Blitz, C however is blatantly staged. D is censored whereas C is pure propaganda. 4) Use Sources E, F and G, and your own knowledge, to explain why the government was concerned about the morale of the British people in the autumn of 1940? The government were concerned about the morale of the British people as they knew it could have a knock on effect on the war effort. Source E says that 'when the siren goes , people run madly for shelters', this shows a lack or order/ morale that the government wants to maintain law, order and air raid regulations. The morale of the people can also effect the economy and Industrial production , source G comments that people 'trekked' from Epping forest to work, although this shows fear it still meant that tanks etc could be produced. The government also had a fear that the public may panic over the air strikes, source E, 'mothers and young children hysterical and asking to be removed from the district', the government did not want people running around like 'headless chickens', they knew that if fear was struck amongst the British people the Germans would be winning and the morale of the military could go down. ...read more.


There is no evidence through the sources that people showed a 'giving in' attitude, as no one would want to circum to terror that the Germans had inflicted upon so many other countries in Europe. The fact that Buckingham Palace was also bombed shows that every one was a target in Britain and that people would have to work together no matter what status in order to help the war effort. Source G tells us that people were still working in industry, an indication that life was still going on as it would normally. In concluding and weighing up the evidence I disagree with the statement 'The impression that the British faced the Blitz with courage and unity is a myth,' source B shows death and destruction but also a feeling of unity and defiance which was shown amongst the population. I find it difficult to believe that anyone would not stand up to the Germans with courage and instead surrender to their terrible regime that took many innocent life's. The majority of people followed government restrictions and just under one and a half million people were evacuated to safer areas and others obeyed the ARP regulations and woman worked incredibly hard in factories to produce ammunition. The government only used propaganda to 100% make sure that morale would not fall, I believe that without the morale the military would have been under strength and the battle against the Germans could not have been won. ...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. Haig and 'The Battle of the Somme' - source related study.

    As secretary of defence he may have reason to write false information as he is very much part of the battle, and may have to justify the actions of Haig. Source J was written by Lloyd George in his War Memoirs in the 1930s.

  2. (Grade A) Blitz coursework.doc

    This is shown in source A through the descriptions, "hero...courage and unshakable determination..." It tells us that even though the people were experiencing devastation and tragedy, they all remained determined and tried to live in ignorance of the Blitz by keeping "their sense of humor".

  1. The Blitz In Britain - source related questions and answers

    Liverpool were attacked, but on 7th September the Blitz intensified when around 950 German aircraft attacked London. Source A which shows bodies which were sacked up in a rubble covered area the king and queen stayed in London even after the bomb hit part

  2. The Battle of the Somme - source related study

    There were a total of 204,253 allies casualties during the Battle of the Somme, (source 15.M). The German loss was 335 soldiers more than Britain, with a casualty toll of 419989, soldiers A total of 2468 officers suffered casualties and 55, 032 other ranked soldiers, either died, wounded, taken prisoner or missing.

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

    Study sources B, C and D. Does source D support the evidence of B and C about the damage done during the air raids? During the Blitz, the German Luftwaffe bombed Britain extensively and caused extensive damage to buildings and affected people's lives which risked lowering the nation's morale and resolve to continue the war.

  2. The Somme - source related study.

    describes how the British came in a "series of extended lines." This made it easier for the German machine gunners because they didn't have to adjust their sights. They could just move the machine gun, in big "swings of death".

  1. The 1913 Derby - source related study.

    martyr but she is trying to make her book more interesting and so this is not a very reliable source even though she was an eyewitness she has too many reasons to exaggerate or manipulate the event. Question 5 - Study Sources G and H.

  2. Britain in the Age of Total War, 1939-45. What can you learn from Source ...

    it was thought to be very sensitive and was only published 4 months later in February 1941. It doesn't support C as much and doesn't show such a calm and good atmosphere. The reason that Source D was withheld from the public at first was because they did not want

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