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Officers & men

Many people believe that the officers in the Great War treated the ordinary soldiers badly. They believe that the soldiers fought while the officers sheltered safely behind the lines. In this case study you can see whether the original sources from the time support this view.

You will probably find it helpful to study the Background before you start looking at the sources.
Use the Worksheet as you look through the sources. This will help you plan your research and think about how to present your findings.

Officer instructing soldiers
Sources:
1. Photo of officers in their dugout, 1918 2. Graph of public school pupils killed 3. Recorded memories of life in the trenches 4. Orders sent out to troops, 1916
1 Photo of officers in their dugout, 1918 2 Graph of public school pupils killed 3 Recorded memories of life in the trenches 4 Orders sent out to troops, 1916
5. Time spent in the front line at the Somme, 1916 6. A poem by Private G Getley, 1917    
5 Time spent in the front line at the Somme, 1916 6 A poem by Private G Getley, 1917    
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