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Bombing civilians during World War One
On the 13th June 1917 Upper North Street School was bombed from the air by a German plane called a Gotha. This was the first incidence of civilians being targeted in this or any other war. It brought the reality of destruction to British shores and the bomb landed on an infant school. Jack Brown, a six year old boy at the school, retells his experience of that day.
This clip could be used in combination with studies into a civilian bombing topic; for example looking at comparing and contrasting attitudes, experiences and justifications (you will need to carefully consider with your students and other teaching staff) with examples such as London Blitz 1940, Dresden in Germany and Hiroshima in Japan in 1945. This will give students the opportunity to investigate methodology in War and its impact upon War effort and support.
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