History KS3 / KS4: Life as a munitionette

Mabel Lethbridge was one of the large number of women who put their lives at risk working in munitions factories back home.

She lost a leg in an explosion in explosion.

As well as the risk of TNT poisoning, working with lethal materials inevitably resulted in fatalities amongst the workforce and the ever-present fear of explosion.

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

Teacher viewing recommended prior to use in class

Teacher Notes

Students watch this as an introduction to an investigation into the ways in which WW1 was a ‘total war’.

They have to use the information presented to explain what could be meant by the term ‘total war’, and list the ways in which WW1 could be seen to be a ‘total war’.

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

Teacher viewing recommended prior to use in class

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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