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In what ways did the British government attempt to hide the effects of the Blitz from the people of Britain?

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The Blitz By Seniz Ibrahim Q3. In what ways did the British government attempt to hide the effects of the Blitz from the people of Britain? A3.The streets of London where bombed for 57 consecutive nights from September 1940 to May 1941. 30,000 innocent people where killed and a further 50, 000 seriously injured. The citizens of not only London, but the whole of England watched as they saw well know landmarks and irreplaceable historic buildings crumble at there feet. This devastation was thought to be too much for the British nation to handle so the government hide the effect of the Blitz. Why did they hide the effect of the blitz? How did they cover it up? Read on and find out the answers to theses questions and much more. The main aim of the Nazis was clear they wanted to bomb Britain until they gave up and surrendered. With this in mind the British government needed to boost morale and keep up the war effort to get though this difficult time. ...read more.

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Hitler's next move was to invade the Channel. The British Expeditionary Force and French army where caught by surprise as Germany advanced very quickly pushing them back to Dunkirk. The troops were trapped between the German army and the Channel, there only escape route begin the sea. The government had to evacuate over 300,000 soldiers and save there army who could easily be wiped out before the war got underway. With Censorship in place the media turned this dramatic military disaster into what the Daily Mirror called a 'Bloody Marvellous' event boosting the nations morale and pride in there country. Propaganda played a big part in boosting the morale on the home front. Encouraging posters around towns had messages to boost morale telling people to conserve food beware of spies and loath the Germans. Britain was portrayed in an ideal way showing the Queen visiting shelters in London on November 4th, this alone showed the nation there was no class barriers between the rich and the poor as everyone was working together through this difficult time. ...read more.

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Queen Elizabeth quoted as she visited the Underground 'it makes me feel that I can look the East end in the face' The effect of the Second World War was shocking, in total a staggering 50 million people died world wide. If the government did not hide the effect of the war from the British public they could have lost faith and given up creating opposition from with in the home front. Britain would have lost the war if that took place. Consequently a programme was creating by the government to promote nationalism to boost the nation's morale. With morale high they encouraged the war effort which helped the war move forward. However censorship stopped many civil liberties like freedom of speech and enabled the government to have complete control. This was happing in communist countries such as Russia not a democratic Britain. Wasn't the Second World War fort for freedom? The really question is would you really want to know the horrible truth of the London Blitz or have it shielded from your eyes by the government? ...read more.

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