The impact of war
The Great War. At first glimpse this may seem a peculiar choice of words, but in this case represents a post-war assessment that reflects the grand scale of war and the far-reaching impact on the many lives lost and destroyed. From school we learn about the major players of the war - the primary triggers, secondary causes and a collection of chess-like moves that saw this war come to a head. We even consider the story of the Christmas armistice as British and German forces came together for a football match, but the facts of war can sometimes overshadow the memory of those who fought and lost their lives. Lest we forget, this global war had a global impact.
As we reach the 100 year mark the passing of the last surviving souls from the Great War years takes this event deep into the history books for our new learners. When we think of World War I the common view is of the conflict fought on the Western Front. Our knowledge develops from the war that was fought on the battlefields of the Somme
to one of Britain’s first campaigns which saw them join forces with Japan to overrun a German colony in China. At both primary and secondary school we can investigate the war at home and the impact of conflict on the lives that supported the effort behind the scenes. It is all too easy to forget that everyday life, though greatly affected through rations, lost loved ones and an evolving political climate, did continue.