History GCSE: Voices of Indian soldiers in WW1
**David Olusoga explores the story of Mall Singh, one of thousands of Indian soldiers who fought for the Allies in World War One.
Singh was captured by Germany, who then made audio recordings of Indian soldiers as part of their study into ethnic differences between people.
While this recording was made for sinister purposes, it has become an invaluable piece of historical evidence as we make sense of the contribution of the colonies to the First World War.
This clip could be used to illustrate the differences between source purpose and source utility: why the Germans recorded the voices, contrasted with its usefulness to historians beyond the intended purpose.
Students could be encouraged to discuss why the experiences of empire soldiers are so seldom recorded in text, and suggest other alternatives to researching these perspectives.
These films are suitable for teaching History at GCSE in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and at National 5 in Scotland.