History KS3 / KS4: Attrition
War turned ordinary people into killers, which raised a variety of emotions among them.
A German soldier vividly recalls his terrible guilt at killing a French soldier with a bayonet, whilst some of his fellow soldiers boasted about killing during the First World War.
A British soldier recalls refusing to execute deserters from his own side, feeling sympathy for their shellshock.
Another explains in detail how he planned to injure himself to get away from the front, an offence which could result in death by firing squad.
This is from the series: I Was There: The Great War Interviews
Teacher viewing recommended prior to use in class
Key Stage: 4
Students use this clip to develop contrasting arguments on the merits of pardoning soldiers who were executed for desertion during the war.
This exercise can then lead into a piece of work on how life in the trenches affected soldiers.
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.