The Government's Concern About the Morale of the British People in the Autumn of 1940

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The Government's Concern About the Morale of the British People in the Autumn of 1940

In this question I am asked to examine why the government was concerned about the morale of the British people in the autumn of 1940 by using sources E, F and G and my own knowledge.

The situation in 1940 was looking bad for Britain because France had pulled out of the war and now Britain were fighting Germany on their own. German forces had now invaded Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg and France. Hitler's next aim was to invade Britain he called this the Blitz. The Blitz main aims were to break the morale of the British people and destroying their homes, transport and the industry. the Blitz specifically was to
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This source tells us people ran madly for shelters and the citizen's advice bureau had been swamped with mothers and young children. Also taxis drivers report taking group after to Euston and Paddington with their belongings. This shows how people were panicking by evacuating the city and that the government was loosing control. The panic and evacuation concerned the government because it would damage the war effort.

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Source F is a diary from Harold Nicolson who knew several members of the government. This suggested that there's information on what's going on in the government. This source tells us why the government was concerned about the morale of the British people because he says in his diary 'everyone was concerned' in the 'East End of London'. This was were the industries were, which was the main reason why the Germans heavily bombed this part of London. Also Nicolson tells us the 'King and the Queen were booed' this suggests they were getting blamed as many people became homeless while the king and queen was safe in their palace. I can infer that things must be really bad in autumn 1940 in the East End because the King and Queen are the last two people they would be expected to boo. I can also infer that the government at this time might not be liked or trusted either. They also could be linked

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