English KS2: The Machine Gunners

Listen to The Machine Gunners by Robert Westall, abridged in 10 episodes. Set during World War Two, The Machine Gunners is the story of young Chas McGill and his friends living in the fictional town of Garmouth in the north east of England. With Nazi planes raining bombs on Garmouth night after night, every boy has a collection of war souvenirs. But nothing comes close to the machine gun which Chas pulls from a crashed German bomber. While the police and Home Guard search frantically for the missing gun, Chas and his friends build a secret fortress and plan to fight the Germans themselves.

1: The hunt for war souvenirs
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2: Keeping a secret
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3: Getting the better of Boddser Brown
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4: Setting up camp
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5: Life at the fortress
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6: A home from home
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7: A German friend
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8: Closing in
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9: The Germans are coming
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10: A false alarm
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Download Teachers' Notes (pdf)
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