What can today's soldiers learn from WW1?

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1. The lessons of history

100 years on from the start of the First World War, the British Army is learning about the conflict that shaped so much of our world today.

It's impossible to understand the conflicts of the 20th century without understanding what happened during those four and a half years between 1914 and 1918. The methods of fighting developed during the conflict set the template for warfare ever since. But for soldiers serving in conflicts 100 years on, what lessons - if any - does the First World War have to offer?

2. Battles that changed warfare

Napoleon would have recognised the way war was fought in 1914. But the Western Front soon became a stalemate. Both sides experimented to break the deadlock. Select the image to find out what impact the battle had on warfare.

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3. Creating a fighting force

This new warfare called for a different kind of soldier and drove all armies to reassess and renegotiate their relationship with their troops. Select the images to find out more.

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4. Realities of battle

For the soldiers of the First World War, going into battle meant facing weapons that had never been seen before in war. Hear WW1 soldiers describe what it felt to go over the top.

5. Importance of strong bonds

Living together, working together and, in many cases, growing up together - the bond between soldiers is a crucial factor in enabling them to do their job.

6. The relevance of WW1 to soldiers today

Select the options to find out what lessons four different serving soldiers can draw.

Motivating soldiers

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Motivating soldiers

Major General James Cowan

How do you motivate men? It’s a very difficult thing and the huge courage shown by these men in such difficult circumstances, that’s just as relevant to today.

Flexible strategy

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Flexible strategy

Captain Kate Redfern

The battlefield constantly changes. There’s adaptation and evolution throughout. You see developments in technology, in equipment, in training, in tactics.

The human aspect

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The human aspect

Major Gareth Morris

The thought-processes and the camaraderie and the moral component of war fighting are all very much there and alive [in the First World War].

Remembering the fallen

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Remembering the fallen

Padre Tim Cole

The thought of what WW1 soldiers did bears heavily upon us today as we seek to serve in our own time.