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CLIP 7619

The condition of the British trenches during the First World War

The condition of the British trenches during the First World War

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Key Info
  • The condition of the British trenches during the First World War
  • Duration: 02:35
  • Surviving the battlefields of Europe during the Great War was made all the more difficult by the trenches that soldiers had to live and fight in. Bob Owen from Llandudno, Wales, joined the war effort in 1917 and here recalls his vivid and graphic memories of the carnage on the battlefields - empty ammunition cases, dead horses and dead soldiers. He also recalls the high level of comradeship between the men in such awful conditions. Fellow veteran Harry Holman adds his memories of a forgotten enemy during the First World War - rats. This clip is published as part of BBC Wales History Pleae note that this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:



    First World War

  • Keywords: rats, trenches, First World War, WW1, Somme, Battle of the Somme, Great War, weapons, comradeship, Pals Battalions, trench War, World War I, soldiers, death, no man's land, Bob Owen, Harry Holman
Ideas for use in class
  • To aid study of how soldier’s experienced and survived the trenches. To aid help in general to a student research into the First World War.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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