Friday, 7 December 2012

Friday, 9 November 2012

Remembrance 2012

This weekend the nation will pause to remember those who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars, and in more recent conflicts. Below are a couple of links about different aspects of remembrance to remind us of why and who we remember.

Search the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's database for those who died in WW1 and WW2...

You can also search for a local cemetery where you could take a moment to visit the graves of some of those who died from your local area...

The history of why we wear the poppy at this time of year is explained here...

An article from the BBC on 'Thankful Villages'. After WW1, there were only 52 towns or villages which did not have a war memorial. By 1945, this number had fallen to just 14. This article looks at the story of those 'Thankful villages' and the symbolic importance of the war memorial....

Find you local war memorial here...

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them".

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Military Medicine in the 20th Century

A new exhibition at the Imperial War Museum North looks at how medical treatment had changed over the last 100 years. Here the curator, Matt Bronson talks through the exhibition, highlighting the changes in medical treatment from the First World War to today's war in Afghanistan.

The exhibit which opened yesterday will run until September 2013.

Friday, 5 October 2012

The Underground War on the Somme

Earlier this year I posted about the archaeological work being done at The Glory Hole positions at La Boiselle on the Somme. Work has been continuing to 'dig' this area all summer both above and below ground. Now this video is available to give you a real understanding of the conditions endured by those involved in the underground war on the Somme.

For further reading about this aspect of WW1 try;

Sebastian Faulks - 'Birdsong'

Beneath Flanders Field - here

Thursday, 20 September 2012

The Crimean War

Below are some links which will help you build up your understanding of key aspects of the war in the Crimea.

An excellent site from the National Archives, including many original sources... has detailed information on each of the main battles -

A TV documentary on the war -

An interesting article on the use of the Telegraph during the war -

Don't forget to search the blog for previous postings on the Crimean War!

Monday, 21 May 2012

Final advice for the exam...

With 24 hours to go, there is still time to do some last minute cramming!

At this point, focus your revision on the areas you are still less sure about. You don't have enough time to do everything; you know the stuff you know; therefore use your time to add to your knowledge in those areas which still have a few gaps.

Also spend a little bit of time reading through the advice in the links at the top of the page on how to answer the questions. No doubt you will have spent a lot of time doing past exam questions this year so just remind yourself of how you should be answering Qa and Qb. Each question has different Assessment Objectives, so make sure you know what you should be looking for in each question.

Finally, some general tips for the exam...

1. Plan your answers before you start writing. Take 10 minutes to carefully read and review each of the sources and produce a plan. This will ensure you don't rush into your answer. do this for each question.

2. If you allow 10 to plan each question, then the number of marks is proportional to the time you have (20 marks = 20 minutes). Keep an eye on the clock!

3. Use the sources as the basis of your answer. This will help keep you focused. Remember to give examples from the sources to support your argument.

4. Develop inferences (what does the source suggest to you?) and support these with evidence.

5. Always sum up your argument in a conclusion which clearly addresses the question!

Good luck!

Monday, 7 May 2012

The eyes of the Army - 1914...

This article discusses the role of the Royal Flying Corps, formed 100 years ago.

Also from the BBC History team is an excellent article on the development of the British Army between 1916 and 1918. It focuses on 9 key areas including artillery and new technologies. Well worth a read!

Friday, 3 February 2012

Online Revision Quizzes

Hodder have recently published online some excellent revision quizzes for the Experience of Warfare Unit. All will test your knowledge of the key units allowing to you build on the strength and weaknesses within your understanding. My advice is to start using them regularly to help develop the depth of your subject knowledge.

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