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Source A

Extract from The War History of the 18th  Battalion Durham Light Infantry by W D Lowe.

Extract from The War History of the 18th  Battalion Durham Light Infantry by W D Lowe.

Extract from The War History of the 18th Battalion Durham Light Infantry by W D Lowe, 1923. (DUL ref: L 356 LOW). Click on image to enlarge.
Source B

Extract from 18DLI War Diary Appendix C May 1917. Click on image to enlarge.

Extract from 18DLI War Diary Appendix C May 1917. Click on image to enlarge.

 

 

Read Sources A and B. Both extracts are describing the same incident - an attack on Gavrelle Trench that was made by soldiers of the 18th Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry regiment in May 1917. When you have finished, try to answer the questions below. A transcript and enlarged version are available.

 

1. What similarities are there between the two sources?

2. What differences are there between the two sources?

3. Which source do you think is the secondary source? Give reasons for your answer.

4. Do we learn anything from the secondary source that we can't find out from the primary source? What?

5. Do we learn anything from the primary source that we can't find out from the secondary source? What?

6. What has this exercise taught you about using secondary sources?

 

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