Experiencing the end of World War 1

How differently did individual soldiers experience the end of World War 1?

Helen Snelson

The New York Times headline after the war.

This learning activity focuses on enabling students to understand the impact of the end of the war on some of the surviving soldiers. It is common for students to study how World War 1 transformed their country and international relations. In this activity the focus is upon individuals. Students engage with the emotions being expressed in short extracts of source material. Through using this selection of source extracts from survivors, they should be able to produce an answer to the question: “How differently did individual soldiers experience the end of World War 1?” The source material examples here are all from British soldiers returning home. However, the model is easily adaptable to returning soldiers from any other country, or a range of countries. It can also be adapted to include the reactions to the end of the war from other people who had lived through the experience. Overall, it aims to help students to understand that war has diverse consequences for individuals.