Eli rose history course work
“The impression that 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.
I agree that the statement “British faced the blitz with courage and unity” is a myth.
Our Heritage industry has encouraged a 'Myth of the Blitz', that differs from the reality of wartime experience. The myth is that we all pulled together, that spirits were up as young and old, upper and lower classes muddled through together with high morale under the onslaught of the Nazis.
During the period September 1940 and March 1941 Britain experienced a major bombardment by Nazi Germany this was called the blitz. In that month alone, the German Air Force dropped 5,300 tons of high explosives on the capital in just 24 nights. In their efforts to 'soften up' the British population and to destroy morale before the planned invasion, German planes extended their targets to include the major coastal ports and centres of production and supply. From that information alone it is absolutely impossible to say that Britain faced the blitz with courage and unity.