History KS3 / KS4: I was there: The Great War Interviews

A powerful collection of interviews and stories filmed in the 1960s - told through the eyes of World War One veterans and civilians.

Themes include:

  • Recruiting soldiers in WW1
  • Interviews with soldiers describing how they physically and mentally coped during the war
  • How soldiers got respite from the war after being on the front line
  • Life as an officer
  • Fighting in the trenches
  • Shell fire and the effects it had
  • The tactics used by airmen when bringing down enemy aircraft in the skies
  • The Gallipoli campaign

These clips are from the BBC series, I was there: The Great War Interviews

Suitable for: KS3 and KS4/GCSE in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 3rd, 4th Level, National 4, National 5 and Higher in Scotland.

Some clips contain upsetting scenes teacher review is recommended prior to use in class.

Changes on the home front during WW1
video
Fighting in the trenches
video
Going over the top
video
Horace Leslie Birks interview
video
John Willis Palmer interview
video
Attrition
video
Life as a munitionette
video
Life as an officer during WW1
video
One woman's loss
video
Recruiting soldiers in WW1
video
Respite
video
How did shell shock affect soldiers?
video
The Christmas truce, 1914
video
The Gallipoli campaign
video
War in the air
video
Being a pilot in WW1
video
Death and survival
video