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What can you learn from Source A about the response of British people to the effects of the Blitz?

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Q1. What can you learn from Source A about the response of British people to the effects of the Blitz? From source A, I can learn that the source is an extract taken from a book called "Waiting For all the clear" which was published in 1990. This book, which is English, is going to be fairly biased. The book I think would be aimed at elderly people or people that were in the Blitz, this book would interest maybe relatives of people in the Blitz, and people with strong interest on the war. This book is unlikely to contain information on German Triumphs or British tragedy's as it is biased, and aimed at British people. It would also praise British people and you can tell this is true in that during source a it describes how courageous they all were and how much determination they did infact have. This source is known as a Secondary source as it was not written at the time of the event. It was written at a later date and from only one country's point of view. From source A I can tell that British people were very scared and worried about the Blitz but this fear and worry was overcome by the determination they all had. ...read more.

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By showing photographs where people were smiling would help boost The British peoples morale. The photographs that were censored could have been devastating effects on the people of Britain, and causing them to possibly give up instead of trying to rebuild their lives in the best way they could, by working together and helping each other. These bombings clearly went on for many years and yet people even though many of them were homeless they still kept smiling and kept their hopes and determination high. Sources D and C show that life does go on, Source D shows that life must go on, things must be sorted out and cleared up. Source C shows all people smiling, which show they are all united and intend to all stick together. Q4. Use sources E,F,G and your knowledge to explain why the government was concerned about the morale (spirit and attitude) of the British people in the autumn of 1940? The Government was concerned about the spirit and attitude of British people because of everything that had happened was really bad, many people were being killed and British people felt bad about it. During the Blitz there was a flood of people wanting to leave the cities, and even more people actually did leave. ...read more.

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The Blitz lasted a lot longer than these sources show, so I believe that there are more people that were smiling and happy and helping each other out, than these sources are letting on. Seeing sources C and F that shows happy faces and descriptions saying how determined people were. This is what makes me disagree with this statement. After reading a few books and listening to a few peoples accounts on the Blitz, I believe that the British did face the Blitz with a lot of courage, they all pulled together and helped each other out. I think this shows how much unity they had. British people higher and lower classes did mix together, to help get back on their feet after the Blitz, everyone helped each other out. This is the courage they had. I have spoken to a few people that were alive during the war and they have said that everyone pulled together through this sad period in their lives. They said that everyone helped each other out, and that everyone knew that even though it was a sad time, they had to be strong. By showing this determination it did boost morale. After showing all this information to you, and by gathering all the information together, I believe that "the British faced the Blitz with courage and unity", is not a myth. ...read more.

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