The History department at Tudor Grange Academy Redditch is always seeking new opportunities to bring History to life for its students. We were therefore delighted to be able to welcome David Cadle, ‘The History Man’ in order to share his knowledge of World War one as part of students on this conflict. The following article by two students in year 9 shares the learning and enthusiasm which we seek to instil in all of our pupils.
“Recently in our history lessons we have been learning about World War One. In connection with this David Cadle, the History Man came to our school to deliver a talk about what it was like to fight in this war.
When we first arrived at the theatre we didn’t know what to expect, however, at soon as David started talking he grabbed our attention straight away with his enthusiasm and artifacts. Everyone wanted to dress up and participate with the activities by the end. He made us all learn about the world war in a fun and exciting way.
We learnt lots during our 45 minute talk but some things stuck in our minds more than others. Firstly, we learnt about the uniforms of all nations and how they changed. They started off as bright and detailed but as the years went on they became more camouflaged and simple. The soldiers had to wear heavy metal helmets to protect themselves, they also had to carry around very heavy guns, it must have been exhausting. We also learnt about the role played by the nurses and the invention of French system of Triage; anyone that was going to die was left and not treated, all those who had a good chance of survival were ignored whilst anyone who was seriously injured got the help. One student dressed up as a nurse and another dressed up as an injured soldier to show us what it was like. Finally, we learnt about how much money was spent during the wars. German was in debt by 6.6 billion at the end, which they only finished paying in 2010, but Britain was in debt by 7.2 billion. We did not realise how much was spent, most of this was spent on the ships and weapons.
Many items were passed around whilst we listened such as: guns, uniforms, helmets, ship models, un-exploded shells and tank models. The un-exploded shells were very heavy and the uniform was also weighty which must’ve been hard for the soldiers to move and fight in. The ship and tank models that were passed around meant we all got to see how well they would’ve been made and constructed.
We will remember David’s talk and how he presented the information to us so well. Also, we will remember how the treaty of Versailles was signed and agreed. He taught us that it actually wasn’t supposed to be signed and that the two men (Bell and Muller) did it in shock as all the other Germans had left because they didn’t want to sign it. Overall, the talk was very interesting and helped us learn a lot, we won’t forget the information because it was explained so well.”
By: Charlotte and Maddy Yr9.
(Pictured George and Marsel with David Cadle )