“I shall not easily forget those long winter nights in the front line. Darkness fell about four in the afternoon and dawn was not until eight next morning. These sixteen hours of blackness were broken by gun flashes, the gleam of star shells and punctuated by the scream of a shell or the sudden heart-stopping rattle of a machine-gun. The long hours crept by with leaden feet and sometimes it seemed as if time itself was dead.”
F. Noakes, in ‘The Distant Drum’
One can hardly imagine what living at war must be like. Most people who had to live through war agree on one point: life is never the same after war.
We shall now explore some aspects of the development of WW1.
Let’s begin by looking at the chronology of the war. Below, are two timelines that will help you analyse the main events during WW1.
Next, we will work on some aspects of life during the war.
Start by exploring trench life through the following animation.
Then, listen to one story from the ones provided here.
Your task is the following: as you look through the chronology, as you explore trench life as well as while listening to one soldier story of your choice, you should be taking down notes on a sheet of paper. That information will later be turned into a poster that you will post in your blog.
Today, we shall work on the 1st conflict of the Cold War: The Berlin Blockade. There are FOUR links providing different types of information. The idea is that you read through the articles, sources and watch the videos available to start with and that as you do this, yo take down notes on the main points of the conflict as well as any questions that might crop up in the process.
Once that initial part is done, you will work on specific questions analysing the impact of this conclict in the context of the Cold War.
The Yalta and Potsdam Conferences showed a clear movement from a spirit of cooperation and support into one of suspicion and difference. For some, the confrontation between the US Capitalism and the Soviet Communism was inevitable and bound to come to life as soon as both countries became superpowers.
In this post, you will find information to help you analyse the development and outcomes of both conferences.