As part of our WWII project, Year 6 visited the Tank Museum at Bovington Camp. We walked into the Museum and had an explanation of what we would be doing for the day. This included workshops, exploring the different types of tanks and seeing the WWI section which has replica trenches. The workshops covered dressing up in WWII costumes and learning about tanks which perform different jobs.
We saw original tanks which had been recovered from war zones, which had bullet holes in them and we also saw more modern tanks like the Challenger 2 and Black Prince. Black Princes were manufactured around 1944 as prototypes but never actually went into WWII as the war ended before they were needed.
During the workshop we learnt about jobs during WWII, eg Home Guards, Street Wardens and the Women’s Land Army. Because the men went to war to fight, the Women’s Land Army was created to do the farming jobs. Home Guards protected their own towns and villages from enemy invasion. Street Wardens helped the community get to air raid shelters and ensured the blackout rules were followed. Street Wardens had to make sure everyone else was safe before they entered air raid shelters themselves. In the workshop we heard an air raid siren and we tried on gas masks. It was quite an eye-opening experience thinking about how it must have been to grow up during WWII and having to carry a gas mask everywhere.
The workshops also gave information about other wars, including the Afghanistan conflict. There were tanks and jeeps on display which would have been used in the Afghan war.
We saw a Tiger tank which is the only working tank of its type in the world!
We really enjoyed the trip!
By Braedon and Zach