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News film showing British soldiers digging trenches, 1915
(ITN Archive/Pathé: 1916.05)
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ITN Archive/Pathé; film of soldiers digging trenches, 1915
Running time: 1min 02secs  

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 are the soldiers in the film doing?
  • What does the film clip tell you about British Army training, equipment or any other aspect of the history of the period?
  • This clip shows troops in training. What factors would make digging trenches more difficult?
  • Which aspects of trench warfare does this source provide information on?
  • How could this source be used in your final presentation?

2. Explain whether you think this source gives a positive or negative view of the empire.

3. Are you going to use this source in your own online exhibition?

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