Learning Curve, The Great War
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Memories of Lieutenant-Colonel M E Hancock on life in the trenches
(Courtesy of the Imperial War Museum, 007396/14/4)
  • This source is an interview with Malcolm Hancock. He was a British officer who served with the Northamptonshire Regiment in Gallipoli in 1915. He also served with the West African Regiment in 1917-18. Here he is talking about his experiences in 1915.
  • Shelters and trenches were a key feature of the fighting on the Western Front, at Gallipoli and most other areas of the war. They were the best protection available from shellfire and snipers.
  • In this extract, the commanding officer has a servant, but he also 'mucks in' and digs his own trench. Hancock's attitude towards the commander is interesting, because he sees his commander's value as greater than anyone else's.
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