History KS3 / KS4: Going over the top
Infantrymen recall the tense hours in the trenches prior to an attack.
As they went over the top, anxiety was replaced by terror as bodies fell all around.
Machine guns, rifles and shells all presented a serious threat to soldiers advancing towards enemy lines.
But even after suffering heavy casualties, units regrouped, reformed and got ready for the next attack.
This is from the series: I Was There: The Great War Interviews
Teacher viewing recommended prior to use in class
Key Stage: 3
Students are asked to identify the main obstacles which would prevent a soldier reaching the enemy trench and decide which would be most difficult to overcome.
Key Stage: 4
This is used as part of a starter activity into an investigation into why the war got bogged down in the trenches.
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.