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Newsreel shows the victory celebrations sparked by news of the armistice on 11th November 1918. A commentary by school children gives key details. A dramatic monologue introduces Maud Thompson, aged 11. She excitedly tells us how she took part in London’s victory celebrations and how she saw the King and Queen on the balcony at Buckingham Palace.
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11 April 2014

Classroom Ideas

Pupils could discuss the mixed feelings that people must have had when they heard the news that the war had ended. Ask pupils to imagine what the first reaction of individuals was likely to be. What would their priorities be, now that the fighting was over? What would their hopes for the future be? Given the level of destruction and the huge numbers of dead, was it accurate to talk of victory? Pupils could debate the issue, based on their research of the period. They could take a vote to decide the question.

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