A gas mask for a horse

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A gas mask for a horse


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German horse gas mask

Source: sciencemuseum.org.uk

A German horse gas mask at the Science Museum, taken from a German equipment dump in France in 1918 by the British Army.

Visit the site http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/broughttolife/objects/display.aspx?id=5159

German horse gas mask

Source: awm.gov.au

A German horse gas mask, one of 23 at the Australian War Memorial, that were collected from abandoned German supplies in May 1919.

Visit the site http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/RELAWM04099.001

Film about using gas masks

Source: iwm.org.uk

First World War training film about using gas masks; at 09:27, a horse wearing a gas mask is shown.

See this video on iwm.org.uk http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/1060008183?bt=europeanaapi

Podcast about animals during the First World War

Source: 1914.org

Podcast about animals used during the First World War, with a focus on horses. At -18:18 there is a description of using gas masks to protect horses.

Visit the site http://www.1914.org/podcasts/podcast-34-animals-in-war/

15 Animals that went to war

Source: iwm.org.uk

Photographs of a variety of animals during the First World War, including measures used to protect them.

Visit the site http://www.iwm.org.uk/history/15-animals-that-went-to-war

Imperial War Museum collections search

Source: iwm.org.uk

Use the Imperial War Museum collections search to find objects and images from the museum’s collections.

Visit the site http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/search

Gas warfare

Source: iwm.org.uk

Images, objects and information from Imperial War Museum.

Visit the site http://www.iwm.org.uk/history/gas-warfare

The Animals’ war


Images of animals used in various conflicts including the First World War.

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Audio extract from War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

Source: michaelmorpurgo.com

Audio extract from War Horse by Michael Morpurgo; it describes a cavalry charge from a horse’s point of view.

Visit the site http://michaelmorpurgo.com/books/war-horse

Warhorse: Fact and Fiction

Source: nam.ac.uk

A website that includes detailed information about the use of horses during the First World War, with objects, photographs and video clips.

Visit the site http://www.nam.ac.uk/microsites/war-horse/explore/


Source: warhorseonstage.com

Interactive map, accompanying the National Theatre production of War Horse. It includes film footage, first-hand accounts from cavalrymen, photos, and information about the role of horses in the First World War.

Visit the site http://www.warhorseonstage.com/app/webroot/map/

A Camouflaged Tank


A Camouflaged Tank; print by Edward Henry Handley-Read, 1914 – 1918.

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St George and the Dragon


St George and the Dragon; print by Walter Crane, 1914.

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Recruitment poster

Source: nam.ac.uk

Recruitment poster; after Lucy Kemp Welch, 1914.

Visit the site http://www.nam.ac.uk/online-collection/detail.php?acc=1977-06-81-12

Wild Eye

Source: nationalmediamuseum.org.uk

Wild Eye, the souvenir king; photograph, about 1917.

Visit the site http://www.nationalmediamuseum.org.uk/~/media/C3DCC4FCC8144E788960163C01317C38.ashx

Outside the classroom

Here are some relevant museums and sites to visit.

York Castle Museum

Source: yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk

Visit the site http://www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk/

Imperial War Museum

Source: iwm.org.uk

Visit the site http://www.iwm.org.uk

Find your nearest regimental or corps museum

Source: armymuseums.org.uk

Visit the site http://www.armymuseums.org.uk/

Find First World War centenary events near your school

Source: 1914.org

Visit the site http://www.1914.org/events-calendar/

A gas mask for a horse