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These video clips are reconstructions of life in the trenches, told from the viewpoint of a World War One soldier.

When you've looked at the clips, go to the worksheet for some tips on how to make your own presentation of life in the trenches.

 
 

Experiencing the War

link to video   "Join the Barnsley pal
The miners sign up and join the army
link to video   "We were still wearing tropical kit
The soldiers arrive in the French trenches
link to video   "Fella can drown in those
Getting used to life in the trenches
link to video   "Some of ‘em are as big as kittens
Other forms of life in the trenches
 
link to video   "Try and get yourself a bit of kip
How to spend your spare time
link to video   "The longer the letter the better
Letter to and from family back home
link to video   "Stuff your pockets with lots of grub
Getting rations in the front line
link to video   "Gripping ‘is throat
The effects of gas attacks
link to video   "Or you’ll get it shot off
The dos and don’ts of trench life
link to video   "Comes the order to fix bayonets
Preparing to go over the top
link to video   "An’ you're up an’ you’re over
Going over the top
link to video   "We was dead keen
Remembering going over the top the first time
link to video   "Like a great sea rolling
Getting back to Allied lines
link to video   "Will hold up the photograph
Taking and being taken as a prisoner

Re-enacting the War

Finding a Pal’s Battalion   Finding a Pal’s Battalion
Finding a soldier.   Finding a soldier
Using the evidence to build up a story (a)   Using the evidence to build up a story (a)
Using the evidence to build up a story (b)   Using the evidence to build up a story (b)
Finding a Pal's Battalion. Click to open pop up window (broadband version).   The importance of research
Empathy for the role (a)   Empathy for the role (a)
Empathy for the role (b)   Empathy for the role (b)
Henry’s uniform and kit   Henry's uniform and kit
Henry’s uniform and kit   How typical were these conditions?
Why did the soldiers tolerate these conditions?   Why did the soldiers tolerate these conditions?
Why did the Barnsley Pals volunteer?   Why did the Barnsley Pals volunteer?
What is the time scale for this reconstruction?   What is the time scale for this reconstruction?
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