History KS3 / KS4: War in the air

Pilots identify the different experiences of men in the air, recalling the greater individualism amongst pilots compared to the comradeship of soldiers on the ground, yet maintaining a chivalrous attitude towards their enemies.

They describe the realities of combat, the failed attempts to keep in formation and various other tactics used to down an enemy aircraft.

We hear about the experience of being shot down, and the view of the battlefield from the air.

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

Teacher review prior to use in class is recommended.

Teacher Notes

Key Stage: 3/4

The teacher uses this to stimulate a piece of writing on the impact of technology on the war.

Students are asked to identify the different ways aircraft contributed to the development of the war, and then to weigh up these roles against the contribution of men on the ground.

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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