Book of First World War newspapers will teach children about the Centenary

Posted on on 22 May 2014
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The UK's largest private archive of historical newspapers is offering a free booklet of First World War newspapers to show how the conflict was reported at the time.

Historic Newspapers has drawn on its archive of more than seven million original newspapers to produce the First World War pack.

The WW1 newspaper book, called 1914-1919 As Reported At The Time, is being offered to teachers and education institutions as part of the Centenary.

It is hoped that it will help make teaching about the events of 100 years ago more interesting to modern students.

The book begins on September 27 1915 at the Battle of Loos with first reports of British and French soldiers “on the road to victory” and finishes with the end of the war on Monday November 11 1918.

Edith Cavell

In between there is a front page story on Edith Cavell headlined: “To the memory of a great Englishwoman," and another front page story on the appointment of General Sir Douglas Haig as Commander of British forces in France on December 16 1915.

Other featured front pages include: “The glory and the tragedy of the Dardenelles”; “Gallipoli withdrawal: Adventure that failed”; And “Lord Kitchener drowned” - the official confirmation that the War Minister had been drowned off Scotland when the cruiser Hampshire sank.

Thomas Walker, of Historic Newspapers, said: “Newspapers are a wonderful way to teach children about the First World War, as each newspaper is filled with stories from eyewitnesses who were present at the time, making it a pleasurable way to aid learning and engage interest and imagination.

“The book can be used to discuss the changing nature of conflict, the cooperation between countries, the shift of alliances and the lasting impact of the war on national, ethnic, cultural and religious issues.”

Details can be found here


Picture courtesy of Historic newspapers.

Posted by Mike Swain, Centenary News