In What Ways Did The British Government Try To Hide The Effects Of The Blitz From The British Public

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During the blitz, the government wanted to try and keep the morale and ‘blitz spirit’ because this was what Hitler was determined to destroy. They achieved this mainly through the Ministry of Information, whose main job was to see how the people of Britain were feeling, and then use censorship and propaganda to counter their mood. They used the Mass Observation team to overhear people’s everyday conversations and work out how they felt about certain aspects of the war. Then, instead of putting the problems right, they would launch campaigns to make everyone feel better about them or forget about them. For example, the Mass Observation team picked up that people didn’t feel safe using the government shelters. However, instead of making the shelters better, they did a propaganda campaign advertising how good the shelters were. One of the ways of controlling what the people of Britain knew and didn’t know was censorship. The government banned anything that would demoralise the public, or get people to think in a negative way; they didn’t print anything that would make people feel as if they were being defeated. Many photographs and stories were not published until after the Blitz had ended. For example, an incident in Bethnal Green where hundreds were crushed as they fought their way into the underground to safety wasn‘t revealed until after the war. The Treachery Act was set up in 1940. This gave the government the right to imprison anyone who seemed likely to threaten the safety of the country. Therefore, anyone who did something that may demoralise people was imprisoned, as a depressed country was more likely to surrender. This Act stopped radio and newspapers revealing the full story of incidents. Propaganda was another method used to disguise all the bad things that were happening. Small acts of heroism took over the headlines, instead of scenes of mass
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