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'The impression that the 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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Study all the sources and use your own knowledge. 'The impression that the 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. In this question I am asked if I agree or disagree with the statement 'The impression that the British faced the blitz with courage and unity is a myth' by using the sources and my own knowledge. I disagree with this statement to a certain extent because there is many useful sources telling me how well the British people worked together as a nation against Germany. However there are a few sources that tell me how the British people were panicking and the government was loosing control of the people. The Blitz was on the 7/9/1940 the German air force had bombed the main places like east London. The main aims of the Blitz were to break the morale of the British people by destroying their homes and to destroy transport and industry. The effects of the Blitz were blackouts, bombings, people dieing, evacuation and gas masks. The blitz was period of intense bombing of London and other cities that continued until the following May. For the next consecutive 57 days, London was bombed either during the day or night. ...read more.

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This tells me that the British people got help through propaganda to face the blitz courage and unity. Perhaps if propaganda and censorship hadn't been used the British would not have been brave and courageous. Source C is a photograph showing tenants of wrecked houses done by German planes on 15 September 1940 in London. This photograph is also useful it tells us at this time other buildings were destroyed in parts of London. The people in the photograph look happy and united instead of looking upset and angry after their homes have been wrecked. At this time of the war 10,000 people were killed and over 1.5 million houses damaged or destroyed from the bombing of German planes, leaving thousands of people homeless. This source disagrees with the statement because it was used to show British people courage and determination during the time of the blitz. Although many people were homeless the government wanted civilians to carry on working to help the war effort and keep the morale high. This source possibly could have been used for propaganda to show the other British citizens that had their houses wrecked to be more courageous and unified as the people in this source look. Source D is a photograph taken on 15 November 1940, the same year as source C was published. ...read more.

Conclusion

This suggested that Nicolson might have written in his diary what other members of the government felt about the blitz. This source also agrees with the statement. It tells us why the government was concerned about the morale of the British people because Harold says in his diary 'everyone was concerned' in the 'East End of London'. Also Nicolson tells us the 'King and the Queen were booed' this suggests they were getting blamed as many people became homeless while the king and queen were safe in their palace. I can infer that things must be really bad in autumn 1940 in the East end because the King and Queen are the last two people they would be expected to boo. I can also infer that the government at this time might not be liked or trusted either. However, this source refers to the East End. One of the worst hit areas and so may not give a full picture. I have come to the conclusion that the British people had faced the blitz with courage and unity but with some help from the government by using propaganda. This was the main weapon for the government to keep the morale high so that people showed courage and determination in the blitz. However the British's people did panic once war broke out as sources E and F support this by telling us people were worried and were fleeing London. ...read more.

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