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CLIP 12740

Why did men volunteer for the Great War?

Why did men volunteer for the Great War?

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Key Info
  • Why did men volunteer for the Great War?
  • Duration: 04:19
  • Volunteers for war in the first months, Aug-Oct 1914, were overwhelmingly enthusiastic for the battlefield and shared a willingness to die for their country. This clip from four former soldiers draws out many of the motives and attractions of volunteering in the first months and have the excitement to join the battlefields of Europe.
  • Credits: Imperial War Museum, British Pathé
  • Subject:



    First World War

  • Keywords: Great War, and volunteering, nationalism, patriot, Lord Kitchener, King and country, Crimea, charge of the light Brigade, 1914.
Ideas for use in class
  • There were many reasons why men joined the British armed forces in the period 1914-16. In this time it was voluntary but after 1916 conscription was introduced . Students can compare and contrast the experiences of soldiers who volunteered and those conscripted into the army pre-and post 1916. Students can make a list of reasons why men joined in 1940 and see which of those reasons were still valid in 1916.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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