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Extracts from reports written by Major General Sir Henry Rawlinson in November 1914
(Catalogue ref: PRO 30/57/51)
  1a   1b   1c              
  1a   1b   1c              
PRO 30/57/51; general's report, 1914

How to use this source:

Study this source carefully. It contains information that could be useful in your presentation on life in the trenches. As you study the source, ask yourself:

  • What does extract 1a tell you about the impact of the Battle of Ypres on the officers and men?
  • According to extract 1a, how good or bad is the relationship between the officers and the ordinary soldiers?
  • What do these sources reveal about conditions in the trenches?
  • What do these sources reveal about what it was like to be in front line trenches?
  • Which aspects of trench warfare do these sources provide information on?
  • How could any of these sources be used in your final presentation?

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