History GCSE: A diary of a Belgian priest living with colonial troops in WW1
David Olusoga, explores diary evidence from Belgian priest Father Achiel Van Walleghem on the diversity of British soldiers on the Western Front.
The diary reveals impressions and clues about the lives of soldiers from India and China.
A new personal everyday perspective is provided in contrast to official records.
This could be used as an activity to start an analysis of the relative utility of official government records versus personal evidence. Students could continue by comparing and contrasting examples of both, ideally on the same aspect of the war.
These films are suitable for teaching History at GCSE in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and at National 5 in Scotland.