Learning Curve, The Great War
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A re-enactment of a Great War battle scene, July 1919
(Catalogue ref: ZPER 34/155, reproduced by permission of the Illustrated London News Picture Library)
  • The Royal Tournament was a long established tradition, which began in the 1880s. It was a popular public event where the armed forces showed off their skills and also gave awards to servicemen and commanders.
  • The aim was to provide entertainment to the public, but also to educate people about what the armed forces did.
  • A common feature of the tournament each year was the recreation of an event that had involved British forces.
  • While the Great War was being fought, the Tournament did not do this. However, in 1919, this re-creation of a Great War battle scene was staged. The emphasis was on technology and innovation rather than re-creating the death and destruction of trench warfare.
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