You may recall that we recently reviewed The Story of the First World War for Children. I was so impressed with this book that I was eager to complete the set with The Story of the First World War for Children. I think it’s really important for my nine-year old son to know about the sacrifices of previous generations and to know how his own family were involved. With last year’s centenary of the end of WWI he has a good understanding of our history within the war, but this book will provide a very useful resource in the years ahead.
It’s hard for any of us to contemplate a war where over 20 million people were killed, and so many families lost those they loved. I’ve written before about my own family, my grandfather who was one of the first to enlist and saw service in France throughout the war, and is older brother who died very shortly after arriving in France. It was a brutal war in so many ways.
The Story of the First World War for Children guides children through the war from start to finish using bite size chunks of information, diagrams and maps, as well as photographs. It’s an ideal way to show KS2 children how and why the war broke out, and the chain of events that caused so much destruction over a four-year period.
We’re very lucky to have a photograph of my grandfather in his army uniform and the book explains what was worn and why. In reality they really were so poorly equipped for the first war seeing modern warfare. It’s hard to believe that it took two years for steel helmets to be introduced in the trenches.
There are fascinating facts throughout the book and footage from the time really brings the history to life.
As well as talking about our own troops, The Story of the First World War for Children gives children an understanding of both the French and Germany armies, what they wore and the part they played in the conflict. we had no idea that German Stormtroopers used flame throwers during the war.
The war wasn’t just fought on land, and the book covers loses at sea and in the air including those of the submarines used at that time.
The First World War saw chemical warfare being used for the first time with horrific consequences to both sides. In fact, when we read this book for the first time, we might have stumbled up how my Great Uncle died. He was killed at the start of the Battle of Loos, I’d always assumed he’d been shot, but maybe he was one of the many who succumbed to the gas. Tragic.
For those like my son who are obsessed with tanks, the book looks at the very first ones used in battle and talks about how they moved from being troop carriers to playing a major part in offences.
My son hadn’t realised that the war was fought outside of Europe, so he enjoyed learning about the war in the desert too.
The Story of the First World War for Children is a fascinating read that has really engaged my son and left him wanting to know more about his relatives. It’s definitely worth reading and I know we’ll be making use of it in the future at school.
The Story of the First World War for Children is available to purchase from Carlton Books. You might also be interested to know that Carlton Books also sell the IWM The Story of the Second World War for Children.
disclosure: we were sent the item mentioned in exchange for an honest review.
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