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The Impression that the British faced the Blitz with courage and unity is a myth.

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3. Source D, is a picture taken in Coventry in November 1940, just after an air raid. It shows major structure destruction to large buildings and people looking quite upset and shocked in the street. I feel that Source D supports the evidence of Source B in the sense that both photos show destruction and death, in public places. Source B, is a picture of dead bodies being covered up in a girls school in 1943, which as a result was censored by the government. I feel that theses two sources also support each other in the sense that the bombing was also destructive in town centres and not just restricted to the capital city, London. I feel that Source D both supports and opposes the evidence of Source C. Source C is the picture of a London neighbourhood, in 1941, showing "British grit" in light of a recent air raid, and all smiling at the camera with their thumbs up. At a first look, they contrast as Source D is negative and quite grim, but Source C looks positive and determined. However, the effects of the bombing are similar in both: we can clearly see that both have damage to belongings, and show how the bombing has occurred in densely populated areas. ...read more.

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This may have been for a few reasons, such as wanting to help hold up Hitler and beat him or showing Germany that they weren't badly affected. The main reasons why the Government did not wish to have unhappy people was because they knew that if the Blitz succeeded, Britain would almost definitely have been invaded. The Blitz was just a campaign to make the British people disillusioned with their leaders, and also try and affect industry. So, to combat this, the Government needed to keep the economy working, which would not have been helped by people moving to the countryside. They were also aware that failure to turn up to work would have an effect and also, they knew that areas such as the East End were being worse affected than others. The main way they tried to hide the panic and hysteria of the Blitz was through censorship, via the ministry of information. For example, any photographs which were likely to undermine public morale were withheld, such as a photo showing casualties or damage (Source B). The ministry of information also wrote documents, films and photographs and released them, along with stories of defiance and heroism, such as the picture of St.Pauls Cathedral surrounded by flames. 5. The Impression that the British faced the Blitz with courage and unity is a myth In my opinion, this statement is both right and wrong. ...read more.

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Photos which showed either death or destruction would not have been released. Next, at the beginning of the Blitz, many people began to run away to the countryside. This affected morale, as many others, out of panic decided to go as well. For example, in source E, a secret government report, it talks of people going to train stations with belongings, moving to the countryside from the East End. Next, with the damage of buildings, thieves began to start taking valuable from homes. Very few were caught because it was so easy to go and take. For example, in Source D, it would have been very easy for a looter to go up to the wreckage of a house and go and take all of the belongings. Finally, many people began to feel bitter and angry about the Blitz, especially in the worst affected areas such as the East End. As source F shows, the King and queen were booed whilst visiting the wreckage. This shows that the people were beginning to get angry with the authorities. Overall, I feel there is no real way to decide wether this statement is true or not. I feel that it is true in the sense that some people decided to run to the countryside and feel bitter, but others decided to stick with the war effort and drew social classes and working with women together. M.Rothwell History Coursework ...read more.

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