The battlefield of World War I came to life for approximately 300 grade 8, 10 and 12 students from across the region at Fanshawe Pioneer Village on Monday (April 29).
They were taking part in a presentation on the Great War by the History Matters Association — a not-for profit group focusing on providing education days on WWI and the War of 1812.
During the day, the students rotated through 10 interactive stations dealing with various aspects of the period. They received hands-on demonstrations in such things as being a stretcher bearer, the role of women in the war, were put through drills in battle school, learned about underground warfare and the art of the trench raid.
The highlight of the day for most was a re-enactment of the Battle of Vimy Ridge involving all the students who advanced on German positions to a backdrop of battlefield sound effects.