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"The impression that the British faced the Blitz with courage and unity is a myth"

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Hodman Khalif. "The impression that the British faced the Blitz with courage and unity is a myth" Q5) 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. The British Heritage industry has encouraged a 'Myth of the Blitz', that disagrees from the reality of wartime experience. The myth is that the British people all pulled together, that their spirits were up as young and old, upper and lower classes muddled through together with high morale under the attack of the Germans. 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 (Luftwaffe) dropped 5,300 tons of high explosives on London in just 24 nights. In their efforts to break the British population and to destroy their moral. ...read more.

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but it is unreliable because the extract is from a book celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Blitz. Source B agrees with the statement because it is about a photograph that was published late because it was deemed too disturbing. This shows that the people were ignorant of the true facts and that the government thought that it was too much for them. Source C disagrees with the statement because it shows a group of people standing in front of their bombed buildings and they were smiling. The caption said "Their houses are wrecked but the tenants of the buildings still showed the British 'grit' " this showed that this photograph was censored and that the people weren't really showing the British 'grit' but what the government wanted to be shown. Source D agrees with the statement because it shows people that are dispirited and exhausted with nothing else to do but sort out their property from the rubble. ...read more.

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For example in the city of Liverpool was hit 3rd of May 1941 British morale had never been so low Liverpool and its leadership collapsed. Its citizens were caught up in a war that they did not want to be involved in, and that many of them probably did not even understand. They were ready to surrender, but what could they do? Their story was suppressed by government censorship. In an attempt to cover-up low morale the government tried to show that life in London was carrying on as normal, and there was much coverage in the press of people going to parties, dining out and clubbing in the West End. This did not go down well with the majority of the population, particularly in the East End, who were not dining and partying in reinforced basement clubs. For them, shelter was either completely non-existent, or extremely poor. In conclusion most of what is seen as "courage and unity" was really government propaganda that was meant to boost public morale. But needless to say in some cases people were indeed courageous and united. ...read more.

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