WWI Interactive Class 20th Feb

Congratulations on completing the first major assessment task of Y10 History!

Let’s spend some time exploring the first World War through interactive websites.

Please look at these sites with MS Word open. Each time you open a new site, create a heading, ie Animated Map of the Western Front at http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwone/launch_ani_western_front.shtml

Then, either during or after having viewed the website, respond to one of the following questions.

-How did this site contribute to your understanding of the political or military events of the war?

-Outline something you learned on this website that surprised you, and explain your reaction?

-How did individual soldiers and/or civilians experience WWI?

You are expected to respond to at least three websites. Length of responses will vary. At the end of the lesson, please sut and paste your responses into the ‘Leave a Reply’ box and the bottom of this blog.


Watch this animated map of the Western Front to see how the main theatre of war progressed from 1914 to 1918.

Then, visit this excellent BBC site and explore at least two of the interactive options available (please try something other than the trench game if you have played it already … that means you Jesse!)

Recently, archival footage has emerged of WWI in colour. Please be awere that the following vidoe may contain confronting and distrubing images:

This is a Canadian choose your own adventure flash narrative that provides an account of daily life in the trenches.

A class favourite, here is Warfare 1917 (this website allows you to fight as the German army against a more intelligent AI opponent).

Please have a look at the Treaty of Versailles to understand how the war was concluded.

Finally, we need to understand our own Australian involvement in WWI. You can read about individuals within the Australian Army here. While we lost greater numbers in Belgium and France, and arguably had a greater and more successful campaign in Europe, the story of Gallipoli is ingrained in Australian culture. Make your way through this comprehensive ABC website, which looks at the conflict from both the Allied and Ottoman perspectives.


7 thoughts on “WWI Interactive Class 20th Feb

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  1. Over the top –

    Knowledge: The officials would often glorify war to encourage people to enlist in the army.

    Surprise: I was surprised by how efficient the gas was at killing people, inhaling it once is fatal.

    Experience: The soldiers saw it as an opportunity to go overseas. They had felt the need to go because most of their other friends were. The pay was not bad either. They imagined ‘trench’ life to be better, more glorious but it wasn’t. Under constant fire, sleeping was almost impossible. The soldiers watched as their friends died one by one. Each soldier had different roles to fulfil, sometimes their trench life got quite repetitive. Each day they have to make decisions which could enable them to survive or could end their lives.

  2. http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwone/launch_ani_western_front.shtml
    Animated Map: The Western Front, 1914 – 1918
    The site showed that Germany was winning for most of the war and looked like it was going to take over France and then potentially more countries. I was interested by the fact that so many planned attacks failed simply because of poor organization, leading to the death of tens or hundreds of thousands of men.

    WW1 Combat in Colour 1914-1918
    The videos really got some emotion into the war, because you could (relatively) clearly see people’s faces and action.
    Over the top
    This game did a really good job at explaining the story of how a soldier would have felt. The voice acting and ability for me to put my name in meant I could really immerse myself. It showed me that there were lots of ways for people to die all the time
    -Matt B

  3. Ww1 combat in colour
    How did individual soldiers and/or civilians experience WWI?
    The soldiers in this video experienced the war from the front line. It was very horrific and surprising how dirty and muddy it was. The soldiers were under fire everyday and minute and it was very shocking how much canon and explosive fire there was.
    Western front animated map http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/interactive/animations/western_front/index_embed.shtml
    Outline something you learned on this website that surprised you, and explain your reaction?
    I was very surprised about the number of people killed in such a small area of land. It was an arms race back and forth. I was shocked and upset about the amount of men that died when they shouldn’t have.
    Treaty of versaileshttp://www.firstworldwar.com/source/versailles.htm
    How did this site contribute to your understanding of the political or military events of the war?
    It contributed to my knowledge because it taught me that the germans army after the war were only allowed to have 100000 soliders and weren’t allowed to use tanks gasses or any other extreme weapons.

    Ben Fynmore

  4. Jess Garnham
    The Treaty of Versailles, 28 June 1919
    • The site helped me learn more in-depth information about the harsh terms and conditions of the treaty.
    • This some conditions included Germany; losing 13.5% of their land, returning the Alsace-Lorraine to France and being limited to 100,000 men in the army.

    Animated Map – Western Front
    • This site explained about the extent of the battles between the France-Britain troops and the Germans. I was surprised because I didn’t know that German actually made it to France. I thought that they were stopped in Belgium.
    • This was not the case as a lot of the battles took place in France although the final bullet sounded in Mons, Belgium as the Germans had been forced to retreat.

    Choose your own adventure
    • The soldiers in World War 1 had a very different experience than they thought. This was the first trench war meaning the conditions were extremely poor.
    • The soldiers were isolated with a mud-filled environment, unburied bodies and lice-covered uniforms. War was definitely not as glorious as it was thought to be.

  5. Animated Map of the Western Front at http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwone/launch_ani_western_front.shtml
    This website helped me to expand my knowledge of how the front changed over the period of the war.
    I learned on this website how the western front changed and how little it changed over such a along time until and big part was taken back by Britain and France in the end.
    It also surprised my how over so little time the western front changes so little and so many people died for such a small amount of space and it was really pointless as the front seemed to wave in and out so in the end men dies for nothing.
    World War When
    This website helped me understand how things happened and in what order and if you get it wrong it gives you hints so you can get it right.
    Something that surprised me was how much happened earlier in the war than later and many people died in these pointless battles over this period of time and also how one battle would end and then another would instantly begin again.
    Interactive timeline
    This website really gave a perspective of how things happened in time and how things happened. The thing that really surprised me was that in a lot of months nothing happened there weren’t even any points to fire.
    In reaction to this video it was extremely confronting and very sad seeing all that the soldiers went through and especially in the end people being used as barricades after they had died and how bad there conditions where in the war and how something as bad as this could possibly happen to the world and how so many people have died for the pointless cause.

    Jesse Brown

  6. WW1 Interactive Class 20th February
    By Evan Harnick 10 NE

    -How did this site contribute to your understanding of the political or military events of the war?
    -Outline something you learned on this website that surprised you, and explain your reaction?
    -How did individual soldiers and/or civilians experience WWI?

    BBC-Animated Map: The Western Front, 1914 – 1918 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/interactive/animations/western_front/index_embed.shtml)
    -How did this site contribute to your understanding of the political or military events of the war?
    This site displayed an interactive/animated map which described the Western Front, between 1914 and 1918. It displays how Germany invaded Belgium in order to attack France. This was indeed part of the German Schlieffen Plan. However, over the grueling four years of fighting, many separate battles sprouted up throughout the Belgium/France border. Some places they fought were: Aisne, Ypres, Neuve Chapelle, Loos, Verdun, and some other places. One famous battle fought between both sides, was The Battle of Somme. This site is very useful in understanding the military events which took place along the Western Front. There is great detail and animation showing the progress of the war throughout the four-year period. After interacting with an animated map like this, it gives you7 a good understanding of what really happened.
    BBC-Interactive Timeline

    -Outline something you learned on this website that surprised you, and explain your reaction?

    The BBC website provided a link to an interactive timeline, which showed what happened between 1914 and 1919. From looking at this link, I was surprised to see that during April 22nd, 1915, the Second Battle of Ypres was the first time gas was used in war by the Germans. From my knowledge of the tragic holocaust period during World War 2, gas was commonly used in Gas Chambers, in order to kill large number of people from the Jewish race. It is interesting to see when the Germans first decided to use gas as a lethal weapon. You could say that Germans using gas during World War 1, had strongly impacted World War 2 and the Holocaust period. I was amazed to discover that the Germans were the first to use it. It is an eye-opener.

    Over the Top – An Interactive Adventure

    -How did individual soldiers and/or civilians experience WWI?

    This website is basically an interactive adventure, describing the life in the trenches, of a young Canadian soldier part of the Western Front in late Fall 1916. It is amazing to see how each individual spent their time in the trenches. They basically were confined in their trenches for a long period of time. Many of them were nervous about when the Germans would attack. They had to face artillery fire every day, and laying barbed wire along No Mans Land, and trying to desperately fall asleep with the loud noises of war. It is scary for them to wake up in the morning not sure if they will live to see another day, and if they will every travel home after war to safety.

  7. Animated Map of the Western Front

    The map detailed the battles between the Germans and the French & British. It showed where and when the battles took place, also stating that each country had lost hundreds of thousands of soldiers. I was unaware how desperate the countries were to keep on fighting, at the same time taking huge risks, until they eventually got what they wanted years later.

    WWI Combat Video
    YouTube Clip

    It is hard to believe that there is actual footage of WWI. I was very surprised to see that whilst the camera was rolling, it managed to stay completely balanced, right when there was gunfire and explosions meters away. It is very daunting seeing all this footage and experiencing what it would have been like on the battlefield.

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