Remember me - echoes from the lost generations
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1.

Look at the selection of written extracts and images about the use of gas in the First World War. All the extracts and images are historical sources – they tell us something about the past. We can divide these into two categories, those which are produced at the time of the event they describe and those which are retrospective, giving a more current interpretation of something that happened in the past. Look at each of the extracts/images in turn and consider the following:

  • What does it tell you?

  • Who wrote it and for what purpose?

  • How much of it is factual and how much personal opinion?

  • What does it make you feel?

2.

Divide the extracts into those written at the time and those that are retrospective.
Think about this: Is it true to say that material produced at the time is always the most reliable evidence to tell us about the past?


3.

Divide the extracts into two categories; those which are mainly fact and those which you feel are mainly opinion. Don’t forget to consider the images in this light as well – are they interpretations or realistic representations, as far as you can tell?
The photos may be staged or genuine action shots. What do you think?


4.

If you wanted to demonstrate the horror of gas warfare to someone else, which image or extract would you choose and why?

 
   
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