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"The impression that British faced the blitz with courage and unity" is a myth Use the sources and your own knowledge to explain whether you agree with this statement.

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"The impression that British faced the blitz with courage and unity" is a myth Use the sources and your own knowledge to explain whether you agree with this statement. I agree that the statement "British faced the blitz with courage and unity" is a myth. Our Heritage industry has encouraged a 'Myth of the Blitz', that differs from the reality of wartime experience. The myth is that we all pulled together, that spirits were up as young and old, upper and lower classes muddled through together with high morale under the onslaught of the Nazis. During the period September 1940 and March 1941 Britain experienced a major bombardment by Nazi Germany this was called the blitz. In that month alone, the German Air Force dropped 5,300 tons of high explosives on the capital in just 24 nights. In their efforts to 'soften up' the British population and to destroy morale before the planned invasion, German planes extended their targets to include the major coastal ports and centres of production and supply. From that information alone it is absolutely impossible to say that Britain faced the blitz with courage and unity. ...read more.


After the blitz was over years later historians did research and bought different books about the blitz some supporting myth some criticising myth from waiting for the all clear a book published in 1990 (note:50years later) to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the blitz. This book was bought out 50 years after the blitz and was also bought out to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary since it is to celebrate the anniversary it is going to be bias and more to the point is not going to say how they were losing help but probably going to tell us how they worked together. We can take a look at source A to see what was written inside this book, "out of terror and tragedy came unshakeable determination. Those at home in the most appalling circumstances kept their sins of humour." That sentence goes against myth totally. During the blitz the government used proper gander this is when something terrible is happening but the government don't want people to get worried so tell them a lie in order to cover up the real truth. ...read more.


Like I said before later historian bought out books. Disagreeing Even though there were buildings/houses being bombed by the Germans the people still managed to work together 21st of January 1943 catford girl's high school was hit by the Germans. Source B shows the photograph of that school after it was bombed. This photo was censored and banned by the government (note: propaganda). The photo shows men and woman putting bodies into sacks the men and woman were working together there fore this disagrees with myth. However even though the people didn't face it with courage and unity the ones that did were rewarded by the victory of Britain over Germany. A top answer should bring together all of the 12 sources and show discrimination between them; there must also be a well supported conclusion; you can agree, disagree, or to an extent say yes and no, but the conclusion must be supported by examples and supporting material from the sources. For a top-level answer (10-12 marks) you must also display your own knowledge of the topic and balance your judgement. s Eli rose history course work 1 1 26/04/2007 ...read more.

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