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Activity 2: Make a documentary about the Western Front 1916-18

This activity can be used individually at a PC or with a group using an interactive whiteboard. It makes use of original footage and two historical commentators to create a short film about how successful the military leadership was from 1916-1918 during the Great War.

You may download the sources from this page by right-clicking on each link and choosing "Save target as" and then import them into your own video editing software. Or you may use our online editing tool by following the link to The Editor’s Room and selecting the "Activities" folder and then "Make a documentary about the Great War". All of the sources will be ready for you to use with the editing tool.

Audio clips to download

Audio clip: Professor Peter Simkins

Extract from an article called 'Lions Led By Donkeys?' by Professor Peter Simkins, 1998. Courtesy of the BBC.

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Audio clip: Dr. John Laffin

Extract from “British butchers and bunglers in World War One” by Dr. John Laffin, first published by Sutton Publishing, 1988.

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Film clips to download

Film clips: The Great War

These clips are a selection from our Great War archive. You can download them all in a .zip file (above), or as individual clips.

  • The role of the commissioners

    Dead British and German soldiers killed during the Battle of the Somme 1916

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    British soldiers moving through trenches during the Battle of the Somme 1916

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  • The role of the commissioners

    Wounded British soldiers during the Battle of the Somme 1916

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  • The role of the commissioners

    British soldiers with captured German prisoners during the Battle of the Somme 1916

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  • The role of the commissioners

    British soldiers advancing through No Man's Land to enemy trenches during the Battle of the Somme 1916

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  • The role of the commissioners

    Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig and other allied generals inspecting the captured German defences known as the Hindenburg Line in 1918

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