Study source B, C and D and coment on their effectivness Essay

Source B is a photograph of firemen and volunteers helping to sack dead bodies in a Girls school in London while Source C is a photograph of a group of people happily posing after a night raid on their homes in front of all of their property. Source D shows the regular civilians and how they dealt with ‘sorting personal property’ in a street after it had been bombed in Coventry.

Source B is very effective in showing the extent of which the damage was done since it is taken in a school that had been bombed. A lot of damage was done as there are not that many schools in any area; they are a reasonable distance from each other. Therefore many children from the area would be attending this local school. That is why the Germans saw it as a major point, as it would stop future generations.

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You can also see rubble from the buildings lying around in the background just as you can in Source D. In some ways Source D is similar to Source B as they were both not alloyed to be published as they show the direct damage caused by the bombs. Source D also supports Source B since it shows the extent of damage inflicted on Britain since it is a photograph that takes in a considerably large area since you can see a large background of rubble in the street. However Source D, unlike Source B, does not display in loss of life. This could be misinterpreted by a viewer since they may believe that the loss of life was not as large as it may have been even though over 60,000 civilians died during the Blitz though this was not known at the time.

Sources D and B were not immediately published which may lead to the question of why it was not published immediately. It was probably because the government felt it would lower morale and not disclose the amount of damage done in the country as it would probably dishearten a majority of people in trying to go on. As regards to damage it can tell you that it must have been very wide-spread since the need to censor may imply that a lot of people could relate to the photograph which would mean a lot of damage was being inflicted onto the country.

Source D also shows the real emotions felt by civilians since you can see a man yelling or arguing with another people about personally property since that is what the caption implies. In Source D the morale was obviously affected by the bombing but it does show that people just got on with their lives since that was the only thing they could do. Source B is similar as it also shows the real emotions of civilians because of the firemen and volunteers sacking up the bodies and displaying evident grief in their faces for the deceased and the destruction done to the school.

Source C however, does not support Source D as effectively since it is a posed picture and may not show the real emotions felt on a day to day basis of the people. However you can see the group of peoples’ property stacked up in the background with could suggest that their houses had been damaged which is why they had moved their property to a different place. This of course means that Source D can support Source C In the amount of damage done during the bombing but it also very importantly can suggest that the people posing were homeless too or may have at least lost property just as the people shown in Source D appear to have.

Overall Source D supports Sources B and C in different ways. It supports Source B in showing the real emotions of civilians and showing the actual damage done and the rubble of the streets. However it doesn’t support it in the sense that Source D shows much more negative feelings of argument with people not getting on while Source C shows firemen and people working together and trying to help each other and clearing up the school playground.

Source D supports Source C since it shows people sorting through personal property suggesting that their homes were damaged and how they may now be homeless just like the people showing in Source C are. However the Photograph of Source is a posed picture trying to boost morale while source D is just a regular picture taken for no particular purpose other than reporting the damages done.

Sources D and C are also similar since they were taken within two months of each other and if anything they paint a small picture of what living in the Blitz was like during the winter of 1940, the very beginning of the Blitz.


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