History KS3 / KS4: Changes on the home front during WW1

British women recall their fears whilst their loved ones were at the front, struggling with money and watching the casualty lists.

They recall the disconnectedness of the men coming home, and their inability to talk about the reality of the war.

An Austrian soldier recalls the impossibility of explaining his experiences to his parents, and his desire to return to the front.

The soldiers’ joy of returning home on leave was mixed with the difficulty in talking about their experiences at the Front.

This is from the series: I Was There: The Great War Interviews

Teacher Notes

Key Stage 3 /4

This is used to introduce the impact of war on the Home Front, and students identify the main changes war brought to the lives of people left at home.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching History at KS3, KS4/GCSE, in England and Wales and Northern Ireland

Also at Third Level, Fourth Level, National 4 and National 5 in Scotland.

This topic appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC, CCEA GCSE and SQA.

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