On the battlefield

In this lesson, students are encouraged to explore the realities of war. They will discuss how the men that fought went into battle on the Western Front and the impact it had on them in terms of fear, injury and death. Students will reflect on the idea of comradeship but also the isolation of preparing for and being in a battle. Through the use of predominantly visual images, the students will be asked to consider the reality of being in combat. They will also reflect on what that must have felt like to those who volunteered or were conscripted to serve. Please note that some of the images are of bodies – the images are not degrading or gruesome but they are genuine. Please consider the nature of your presentation of these contents and the responses of the students.