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cBritains immediate reaction to World War I was a combination of excited anticipation curiosity and patriotism The majority of people were swayed by the initial euphoria and the country settled into a state of patriotic unity Initially Britain was sure that the war would be over by Christmas They had only ever before seen small outbreaks of conflict like the Russo-Japanese War which was quiet insignificant when compared to the results of the Great War to come Whether it was soldiers about to leave for the combat or women entering the workforce the general vibe was ecstatic and eager to contributeBritain contributed exceptional support with amazingly high spirits However this only lasted until Christmas of 1914 By this time trenches had been dug and strong defensive positions were in place The war didnt seem to be moving anywhere This caused concern as according to the government the war should have over by now and all the British back at home By mid 1915 a stalemate had developed General civilian attitudes started to turn People were not so confident and patriotic as they once were at the beginning of the war Wounded soldiers began to return home and stories from the frontline were out in the open As the war situation began to look grim the government began to control things like the media and censoring letters that were to reach the home front in order to keep morale as high as possible The Gallipoli campaign was the next major attempt to better the civilians attitudes Unfortunately the Gallipoli campaign was an absolute disaster Gallipoli turned out to be eight months of a similar ordeal that Britain went through only a short while earlier in France Back home the British press were shocked at the failure As a result Winston Churchill was sacked from his position and once again high spirits deterioratedThe lead up to the battle of the Somme yet again improved British citizens
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