The Blitz Research Paper

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The Blitz was the period of continuously strategic bombing of the United Kingdom by Nazi Germany during the Second World War. Hitler’s fear of not having control over Britain led to beliefs that Britain would eventually become a base for his enemies to attack him from. When France fell to Germany in 1940, Hitler’s aims were turned on Britain. He believed that if he destroyed the RAF Britain would no longer have any defence against an invasion. Hitler also wished to disrupt Britain’s economy and industry and many industrial cities were hit. The first four months of the attacks, 22 000 people had been killed. The government had expected the number to be much higher with an estimate of 2 million deaths. By February 1941 the Nazi Hierarchy had…show more content…
These included St.Paul’s Cathedral, The City Library in London and the Houses of Parliament. London was the city that suffered the most damaged, however, other cities were chosen by the Nazis based on their making of military weapons or population of civilians. However, not all the effects of the Blitz were bad. Throughout the war, almost all men were away fighting, leaving women to occupy the typical male jobs in factories etc. Women were required to work during the Blitz due to a shortage of labour. After the war, women had gained more respect seen as they had been left with the responsibility of keeping the rest of the country going. The Blitz had opened up a number of opportunities for women within the workplace. The British government introduced a variety of methods as a way of trying to overcome the situation such as evacuation and improvement in women’s working environment. Despite many alternatives of solutions, the British peoples’ lives still changed dramatically. Young children were forced to move to the countryside causing many families and friendship having to split up. This was a way of trying to keep the children safe. Evacuation had a big impact on people’s lives during the Blitz and several million people, mostly children, were evacuated. Host families had the choice of the evacuees they wanted, which resulted in a major number of children left without any host
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