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The Blitz - source related study.

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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.

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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.

Conclusion

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.

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