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“Their finest hour” Was the Blitz spirit a myth or reality for the people of war-torn Britain?. Can you give this photograph a caption ?.
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Can you give this photograph a caption ?
"Everything was blown to pieces, you could see it all by the red glow reflecting from the fires that were still raging. I looked out the back and saw that where my father's shed had been was just a pile of rubble. Then I saw two bodies, two heads sticking up. I recognised one in particular: it was a Chinese neighbour, Mr Say. He had one eye closed and I realised he was dead. I just convulsed, I was shaking all over. I thought, well, I must be dead because they were, so I struck a match and tried to burn my finger. I kept doing it to see if I was still alive. I could see, but I thought, I cannot be alive. This is the end of the world."
Len Jones recalls emerging from an air raid shelter in east London after the first night of the Blitz (from The Blitz: The British Under Attack)
What made the people of Britain carry on in spite of these horrors?
British Stoicism and determination in a difficult or dangerous situation, especially as displayed by a group of people:
A reason Londoners retained hope in winning the war was because St. Paul’s Cathedral was never destroyed. It was damaged when a bomb smashed through it, but it never showed damage on the outside. One London citizen, Tom Stothard, said, “I think if St. Paul’s had shown damage, the heart would have gone out of Londoners. But there it was, hope.” The reason people saw hope in St. Paul’s is because they saw a spiritual landmark amid great devastation. It was a symbol of survival amid the devastation of the rest of Europe.
Winston Churchill rallied the people’s spirits and efforts. He inspired the people on to their own heroic efforts and “Their finest hour” by his speeches. Churchill’s expertise at writing speeches brought the British people together for a common cause. Churchill was the embodiment of the British people’s determination to stay alive and not to give up.
“We shall Never
Propaganda - The government used its control over all forms of the media to present a picture of life going on as normal despite the constant nightly attacks.
Women joined armed forces
Air Raid Wardens
In pairs, summarise the two interpretations of these historians
“There was endurance in the face of an external danger. People were going through it together.”
“crime rates almost doubled as looting, black marketeering and armed robbery spiralled out of control!”
“How for do the sources support the view that “The Spirit of the Blitz” was a reality?