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Front Lines - The Trenches

Front Lines - The Trenches

| 9 min

This short documentary made in 2008 looks at life in the trenches in the First World War. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year 2008, 90 years will have passed since the signing of the Armistice ending the Great War in Europe. More than 600,000 men and women crossed the Atlantic with the Canadian Expeditionary Force, and more than 60,000 of them never returned. Front Lines features veterans' letters to their families and images from the NFB archives, the Canadian War Museum and Library and Archives Canada.


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Ages 14 to 17

Civics/Citizenship - Citizen Responsibilities
History - World War I

Research trench warfare as experienced by soldiers in World War I. Create a journal entry written from a soldier's perspective after a day in the trenches. Comment on the content of the letters from the soldiers in the trenches. How important were these letters to both the soldiers and their families?

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