What Was Life Like in the WW1 Trenches?

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We've designed this FREE classroom poster to help your students understand just how horrendous life in the trenches was during WW1.

On Armistice Day, we remember the sacrifices made by so many to protect our freedoms.

That’s why we’ve designed this classroom poster, to help students understand just how horrendous life in the trenches was during WW1.

If you want your students to deepen their understanding of trench warfare and the experience of soldiers who had to live, fight and die in those trenches, you may like to consider a history school trip to the WW1 battlefields.

There are several examples of reconstructed trenches around the former Western Front in France and Belgium, where students can really explore what we mean when we talk about trenches.

At the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, for example, students can explore a network of reconstructed British and German trenches. And they can visit the museum’s British Dugout Experience, which includes a communication and dressing post, headquarters and dormitories.

At the In Flanders Fields Museum, students can hear first-hand accounts of soldiers’ experiences of trench warfare, locals’ experiences of watching their home turned into a battlefield and medics’ experiences of the devastating human cost of the war.

They’ll also be able to see soldiers’ uniforms and kits, as well as the machinery of warfare.

And, of course, there will be plenty of opportunity to visit memorials and cemeteries to pay respect to those who were killed in WW1. We always recommend encouraging students to look into their family histories – if students find that they have a relative listed on a particular memorial or buried in one of the cemeteries in the area, we can always include this in your itinerary.

If you’re staying in Ypres, we can also arrange for you to take part in the moving Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate.

Ready to start planning your school trip to the WW1 battlefields?

Please don’t hesitate to contact us for further information or to request a tailor-made quote.

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