First World War

German navy attack Scarborough

The German naval bombardment of Scarborough in WW1

Shortly after 8am on the 16th December 1914, the German Imperial Navy attacked the British seaside towns of Scarborough, Hartlepool and Whitby.

WW1 Volunteers

Why did British people volunteer for the Great War? (video clip)

A short video featuring interviews with British people who volunteered to fight in the First World War in 1914-15.

Enlisting for the army in the First World War

A short video extract showing German and British attitudes to the outbreak of war, and how these influenced men to join the army.

Video – the development of the trench system in the First World War

The development of the trench system, and the soldiers’ experience.

First day in the trenches

Overview of new technology in the First World War

An overview of how the new technology used at the start of World War 1 changed the nature of warfare, and how digging trenches led to stalemate.

Teacher Objectivity in WW1

Objectivity in the classroom, 1914. Is this #WW1 clipping still relevant?

This American news clipping was published in November 1914. Quoting from a Department of Education circular, it says:

One of the most vital problems confronting school administrators at this time is the educational problem of how to teach about the current European war and the teacher’s attitude in the discussions in respect to this conflict.

Teachers should not express any personal opinions in regard to the war that will give a reason for resentment from the parents or offend the sensibilities of the children.

Below the fifth grade no time at all should be devoted to this war subject. Beginning with the fifth grade Current Events should be used in the class discussions and as a guide in the map study of the war zone.

Maintaining objectivity in the classroom, 1914 style. Circular from #WW1 arguably still relevant

Second Battle of Ypres

First large-scale gas attack at the Second Battle of Ypres, 1915

A description of the first large-scale use of poison gas in WW1 that marked the start of the Second Battle of Ypres.

Why Italy joined WW1 on the side of the Triple Entente

On the 23rd May 1915, Italy entered the First World War on the side of the Triple Entente and declared war on Austria-Hungary.

Edith Cavell

The execution of British nurse, Edith Cavell, by a German firing squad