Khaki on Campaign
Living History


                  Development of Warfare from WW1 to WW2


          Example of a programme for schools / museums



We ask the students what they know about the soldier towards the end of the Great War. How the development of weapons throughout the war changed the way warfare would be fought in the future.

How the soldier coped with the new types of gasses used from 1915 to 1918, with the development of gas masks from a sock soaked in urine to the SBR, (small box respirator).

The introduction of the steel helmet in late 1915, issued to protect the men from bursting artillery shells (shrapnel), plus many other objects flying around.

Cover the use of machine guns, artillery, the tank, aerial combat, long range bombers.

Selecting a willing volunteer to dress in the uniform & equipment of the British soldier of 1918, including detailed information about all the kit issued.

How the German army used a combination of infantry, artillery and aircraft for their Spring Offensive, in March 1918..... using ‘Lighting shock Storm troops’ with overhead cover from artillery and bombers to help them crash through the Allied front line....                                  

The birth of the ‘Blitz Kreig’, Lightning War.

Finishing the presentation by talking about the amount of men killed on both sides.  To include  the very first, the very last and the youngest soldiers killed, in this war " to end all wars " who fought for Britain and the Empire.


                               Interwar years


Discuss what happened after the First World War to Britain and Germany.

The removal of cavalry from the battlefield which is now being replaced with armoured vehicles.

The development of the uniforms and equipment of the British soldier for a modern war, a war of mobility and movement.

Selecting a volunteer to dress up in the uniform and equipment of the modern British soldier of 1937, explain why the change from the old WW1 uniform and equipment to the new.




We start by asking the students what they know about WW2.

We discuss the Home Front, with the build-up to Dunkirk and the evacuation of British troops  from the beaches, the Battle of Britain and the threat of the German invasion, operation ‘Sealion.’

The development of Airborne Forces in Europe.

German invasion of Crete, May 1941, where 8,000 paratroopers dropped on the island to capture the airfields, and with this type of warfare, the British finally decided to build up its own Airborne Forces in 1942            

Select a volunteer to dress up as a German paratrooper.                                                                     

The Home Front, "show & tell" with a selection of gas masks, including the baby’s, a child’s ‘Mickey Mouse’, adults and finally a soldiers gas mask.

Why gas was not used as a military weapon even when both sides had Mustard gas to hand.

The Blitz,

Explaining about the bombing of London, displaying an original German Fire Bomb and a Butterfly Bomb, how to deal with a UXB (un-exploded bomb).

Air raid warnings, using an original WW2 siren (which is loud), bomb shelters etc.

The "black-out" and what you had to do to make sure that no light was showing from your home. Also how people moved around at night in the dark. How did farmers stop their cattle getting shot at etc.

Selecting volunteers, dress them in the uniforms of an ARP warden and a Home Guard soldier.

The build –up in England of the British and American army in preparation for D-Day.

Selecting volunteers to dress-up in the following uniforms:-

A British Paratrooper, who would have been one of the very first soldiers to land on D-Day.

A British Commando, who would have landed on the beaches at 07.30 am.

A British Officer.

An American Officer, who would have landed at either Omaha or Utah beach.

2 x German soldiers, who would have been defending the beaches, a regular soldier on the Atlantic Wall, and the other a Hitler Youth, with all the latest up to date uniforms in camouflage with his new assault weapon, the MP44 ( this weapon was developed by the Russians after the war into the famous AK47)

Post war years


Showing the development of the uniforms and weapons in a Post War Britain up to the Falklands War of 1982

Selecting a volunteer to dress up in the uniform and equipment of thie period with Britian starting to use camouflage in their uniform for all soldiers.

The use of the SLR ( self loading rifle) from the late 1950's until 1980.

Questions & answers.


This programme can fit in to any time during your school time-table.

The presentation will last from 1 x hour, 1 1/2 hours or 2 x hours. This would be divided into two halves, with a 10 min break in between, and would be for the entire year group.

With Khaki on Campaign visiting your school, there is much to be gained in a very enjoyable and great educational aspect. Also, the cost and logistics are very much less than hiring coaches, long journeys, with the result of far less time to learn !

With our presentation, your students will understand so much more about the British ‘Tommy’ and the life on the Home Front.

This learning opportunity will truly enhance the students knowledge to help them gain that extra knowledge towards their history exams.


All our staff are CRB checked


All the weapons used during this presentation are fully de-activated to Home Office approval and DO NOT WORK, copies of the de-activations certificates can be supplied on request.




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