History KS3 / KS4: The Christmas Truce 1914

Henry Williamson describes his reaction to being called up and early experiences of life in the trenches.

These experiences included feelings of tremendous comradeship including, at times, with the enemy.

He recounts an informal agreement for temporary ceasefire over Christmas 1914.

During this brief truce, Henry had an opportunity to discuss the purpose of the war with a German soldier.

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

Contains scenes which may upset younger viewers and there are shots of people smoking.

Teacher review prior to use in class is recommended.

Teacher Notes

This clip could be used to introduce an examination of life in the trenches, and attitudes towards the enemy.

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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