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World War One
Our recommendations for films,
documentaries, youtube clips,
museums and websites

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We have done all the time-consuming searching for you and offer you our recommendations of the best films, documentaries, YouTube clips, websites and places to visit.

a guide to useful resources:
links to other websites; films; museums & exhibitions etc

Please note: we take no responsibility for the content in the recommendations we give.
Please check the appropriateness yourself before showing a movie etc. to your class.



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Lawrence of Arabia
. Timeless classic about the British campaign in the Middle East
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Beneath Hill 60
. Australian film about Royal Engineers miners laying explosives under German lines - the Battle of Messines
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The Lighthorsemen
. Australian light horsemen in the Middle East campaign - the Battle of Beersheeba

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. . Brilliantly funny mockery of war
. Very moving final scene with the firing squad
. Conditions in the trenches
. Humour based on language - can be difficult for lower abilities
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Das Boot
.German classic about life in a U boat
. Great atmospheric scenes
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. .Australian drama about the Gallipoli campaign
. Good scenes showing trench warfare
. Conflict between Aus & Brit officers

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War Horse
. Based on the book, showing the role of horses in WW1
. Conditions in the trenches
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The Trench
Set around the Battle of the Somme
. Good for emotional experiences of the soldiers
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All Quiet on the Western Front
. Classic anti-war film
. Reasons to join the army
. Conditions in the trenches

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. Canadian soldiers at Passchendaele
. Covers anti German feeling in Canada
. Conditions in the trenches
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My boy Jack
. Son of Rudyard Kipling
. Battle of Loos
. Conditions in the trenches
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Paths of Glory
Antiwar film by Stanley Kubrick 1957 (b/w)
. Based on real life event of French soldiers who refused to fight & where set an example of

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Company K
. Good scenes showing trench warfare
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. Film about US pilots who flew for French Air Force
. Good flying scenes
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. Supernatural films, showing conditions in the trenches

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Red Baron
Story of Baron Manfred von Richthofen, the most feared German pilot

. 'Regeneration' tells the story of soldiers of World War One sent to an asylum for emotional troubles. Two of the soldiers meeting there are Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, two of England's most important WW1 poets
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Joyeux Noel
.The story Christmas Eve during world War I, when the Germans, French, and Scottish get to know the men who live on the opposite side of the trenches



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The Somme
. The story of the Somme told the eyes of those that were there

Channel 4 documentary
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The Somme - defeat to victory
. Based on primary evidence
. Told from British & German viewpoints
. Viewpoint of lessons learnt by military leadership
& not the senseless slaughter it is often shown as
. Conditions in the trenches

BBC documentary
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First World war
. Comprehensive coverage of WWI in ten parts

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Last voices of WWI
. Impressive collection of primary material from participants covering all aspects of the war
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World War I
. A & E documentary providing thorough coverage of the war
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Great War
. BBC classic covering all aspects of the war


. youtube.

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Check out our youtube channel:
GCSE History
for all the relevant WWI videos
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. Museums .

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Imperial War Museum
Manchester, Duxford, London

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National Army Museum

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The Black Watch Museum
Perth, Scotland

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Tank Museum
Bovington, Dorest

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RAF Museum
Cosford & London

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Royal Engineers Museum
Gillingham, Kent

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Passchendaele Museum
Zonnebeke, Belgium

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In Flanders Field Museum
Ypres, Belgium

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Somme Trench Museum
Albert, France

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Verdun Museum
Verdun, France

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Musée Vivant 1914-1918
Musée militaire de la Targette
Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France