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The British faced the Blitz with courage and unity ?

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Q5: Study all the sources and use your own knowledge. 'The British faced the Blitz with courage and unity' Use the sources, and your own knowledge, to explain whether you agree with this statement. Many people grow up hearing about the amazing British spirit during the Blitz; of how the war brought out the best and greatness of Britain, of how everyone put aside their differences and came together when it truly mattered, of the collectively endured hardships and the unbelievable social fusion that came about as a consequence. But just how much of this delightful recollection of the war leans towards wishful thinking? And how much towards fact? Did the people of Britain truly suffer in equal doses or are the influences of the past government's propaganda still in action-take for example Source C. Even those who do not believe that Britain worked in total unity during the war, must at least admit that the invisible lines that had divided citizens before the war became gradually more and more indistinct as the war went on; Women in Glasgow worked extremely long hours in production to do their part for the war effort. Source B helps to re-enforce this by showing us an image of civilians-both male and female- working with officers to clear up dead bodies. ...read more.


So this attempt to unify Britain failed. On the other hand, we also know that not all the rich chose to avoid the restraints rationing brought. The Royal Family themselves had rationing cards, the fact that they had the resources to avoid rationing yet chose not to, once again causes us to believe that during the Blitz our nation, Britain, was a unified one. Another scheme of the government, which led to division between the citizens, was the provision of air raid shelters. Though public shelters were provided by the government they were not enough, and those that there were, were in poor condition; unhygienic and dirty. The statistics during the war clearly showed that you were more likely to die in a raid if you were working class. The rich were of course above this, they had there own private shelters or secure basements in luxury hotels to take refuge in. And those wealthy enough to enjoy the luxurious comforts of a hotel sheltered there. Not exactly a situation that screams unanimity is it? Source D doesn't suggest that Britain were unified either. The people in the picture do not look courageous, rather aimless and defeated. They stand aloof and separate looking for their belongings. ...read more.


We know that in cases of evacuation this was commonly far from the case. Many evacuees were treated badly or even abused by the families they were sent to. A lot of people only agreed to take in evacuees for the money rather than out of sentiment or the goodness of their hearts and many families didn't want to take evacuees in at all. In my opinion, the idea of Britain totally courageous and unified during the Blitz is nothing but an attempt by the government to prettify the situation during the Blitz. But I do not blame them. If they didn't do this people would become caught up in the negative aspects and forget about the good. And they're truly were some good aspects; People stayed determined and continued to face work every morning despite the terror of the night before, and people continued to open their shops. In their own little ways they defied Hitler and fought for what they believed in. Yes they weren't perfect citizens after all they were only human but in those circumstances many people would have taken as much advantage as possible-only a minority turned to crime during the Blitz. I do not believe that Britain was always unified and courageous during the Blitz, but the times that they were matters a lot more than the times that they weren't. Because those times of unity had the biggest impact ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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