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What were the everyday effects of the Blitz on the British People? During the latter part of 1940, Hitler began the Blitz, trying to crush the nation's people

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What were the everyday effects of the Blitz on the British People? During the latter part of 1940, Hitler began the Blitz, trying to crush the nation's people. This of course affected their everyday lives in many different ways: restraints, laws, contributions, regulation and destruction. Evacuation was the most organised reaction of the war. The country was divided up into three areas: neutral, evacuation and reception. Children and other vulnerable people were moved from places likely to be bombed. These people moved from evacuation areas in a four day period. The whole transport system was taken over for this. Reception areas were in rural areas. The evacuees were not used to rural life and were separated from their families. There was a clash between city and country values. Poor people often found themselves in wealthier homes and were often treated badly. ...read more.


During the bombing, people had to shelter away from the danger. Londoners sheltered in the underground stations. People rushed to the stations after work and the area was fully packed inch for inch. Anderson shelters were provided, along with a grant for people to build them, by the government. These were built in backyards and protected the occupants from shrapnel and glass, but not falling masonry. Morrison shelters were domestic shelters that fitted under a steel table top and the occupants were caged in. After emerging from shelter in the morning, many people found they had no home to go to. Rest centres were opened. They were uncomfortable, by design, to discourage long stays. Many people hated the rest centres, but it was their only option. The Germans also targeted British ports and land ports during the Blitz. This was Hitler's ploy to starve the British nation of food. ...read more.


Prices rose and since wages increased slightly more, unemployment almost vanished. Therefore the government began to tax everyone more, including the working classes. The nation resented Austerity. In the end, Hitler's Blitz achieved one major affect - devastation, destruction and death. Most of this was in the targeted cities and did more to highlight inequalities then to breakdown class barriers. Coventry suffered thousands of deaths, while in London, the industrial East End was targeted by the Luftwaffe. Many people saw this as only the working class being bombed to pieces and the rich, snobby, upper class, suburbanites were safe in their manors. This bitterness was evident when the Royal Family visited the Easy End and was jeered, but all was soon changed when Buckingham Palace was hit a few months later and the Royal Family were seen as heroes. It was at this time everybody's fear was hidden behind a normal face and trust in the government was few and far between. C. Skipper The Blitz 15/08/04 ...read more.

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