Thursday, 13 November 2008

Remembering (the end of) World War One

As you'll know from previous postings, I feel quite strongly about WWI. If any of you are interested, there are some excellent materials available at these links with interactive maps & video links.

I hope you will follow the breadcrumbs (links) and post your comments here?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7712908.stm has a tour of the major battlegrounds of the Western Front

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7712419.stm gives you an idea of the horrors of battle (Verdun).

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7717419.stm for how the dead are remembered at Ypres.

Stopping it happening again - we have to tell our kids, and their kids... http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7714855.stm which I think still does not happen in this country (Japan) where recent history has been airbrushed completely. Result? Blithe ignorance.

  • What do British & former colonial countries/western allies do at 11am on November 11th every year?
  • Why do you see people wearing red poppies at this time of year?
  • What is the Cenotaph?
  • click here to find out: http://www.bbc.co.uk/remembrance/how/

The Imperial War Museum is an excellent place to visit - have a look at its photographic exhibit for example - http://www.iwm.org.uk/upload/package/95/collections/photographs/photographs.html

Even on the last day of WWI men were killed. I believe Michael Palin has made a documentary about it which I hope to find & show to our students. Meantime, here are some tragic final fatalities http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/7696021.stm

The story of the Unknown Soldier http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/unknown_warrior.shtml there was a great podcast last year about this but I am struggling to find it. Here is a related one http://www.bbchistorymagazine.com/podcast.asp

So, plenty to start you searching. Please add your links from interesting research you find?

Lest we forget. Jim