Tuesday 9 June 2020

Get ready to dive into our fantastic First World War collection with this week’s Adventures in History!

What can you uncover by looking at a photograph?

What can you uncover by looking at a photograph?

Join IWM expert Ngaire this week as she helps us reveal fascinating stories that the objects in our museums hold. Discover personal stories from the First World War, from the trenches to the home front.   

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An officer of the 9th Battalion, the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) leads the way out of a sap during the spring battles of 1917.
IWM Q 5100

Explore Further

Find out more life in the trenches by examining objects from IWM's collections, from a shovel to a special helmet. 

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Resources

Ngaire talked about the role the British Empire played in the First World War – find out more by exploring the links below.

South African soldiers on the Somme, December 1916
© IWM (Q 1713)
The 20th Deccan Horse, Indian Army, in Carnoy Valley, 7th Divisional Area, 14th July 1916.
© IWM (Q 825)
Battle of the Somme
The Role Of Empire And Commonwealth Troops During The Battle Of The Somme
Soldiers from the Empire and Commonwealth made a significant contribution to the Somme offensive. On 1 July 1916 a battalion from Newfoundland, attacked with the 29th Division, while the 1st Battalion, The Lincolnshire Regiment included a contingent from the Bermuda Volunteer Rifle Corps.
Troops of the West Indies Regiment in camp on the Albert - Amiens road, September 1916.
First World War
The Story Of The British West Indies Regiment In The First World War
In 1915 Britain's War Office, which had initially opposed recruitment of West Indian troops, agreed to accept volunteers from the West Indies. A new regiment was formed, the British West Indies Regiment (BWIR), which served in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.