Was there really a 'Blitz Spirit'?

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Was there really a 'blitz spirit'?

In this essay I will be arguing whether there was really a supposed 'blitz spirit' in Britain during the war with Germany with Hitler the chancellor.

The themes I will be focusing on throughout the essay and referring back to are; fear, tendency for victory, and abandonment.

Firstly, starting off with a major for the argument. An extract from a letter from Humphrey Jennings to his wife in October 1940 explains how whilst living in London he saw the courage and joy from the British people at the darkest times and how every-one co-operated with each other. “What warmth – what courage! What determination.” He goes on t saying “Everyone secretly delighted with the privilege of holding up Hitler. Certain of beating him.” .which also tells us that first and foremost the morale of the public was high also that proud confident in themselves. This extract is focused on the theme of tendency for victory because they were certain of beating Hitler. However; this evidence might not be useful because even though it has come from a primary source, it was probably written in effort to comfort his wife with lies to ensure she isn't worried about him due to the situation in Britain. Although due to the time written, it could be deemed useful.

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Secondly a photograph taken early one morning after a raid in October 1940 shows a neat and well dressed milkman walking over the rubble and debris of the bombed buildings carrying milk. Which shows that the British kept their morale high (similar to previous) and continued on with their lives, no matter whatever the consequences.  This extract is focused on tendency for victory aswell because they continued on working, even small jobs because 'ever little could make the difference' was their thoughts. However this

Evidence might not be useful because since the street was empty (as the shoot was ...

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