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Oxford German Network competition​​​​​​​

In March this year,  a Lewis Year 11 student at Park High took part in a writing competition called “Oxford German Olympiad 2019: Tiere and Monster” (Animals and Monsters), organised by the Oxford German Network.

The Oxford German Network is the first university-led cultural network of its kind. Launched in September 2012 by the University of Oxford’s Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages with the support of Founding Partners Jesus College, Oxford, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, Magdalen College School, Oxford, and BMW Group Plant Oxford, the network opens up enjoyable opportunities for communicating with people from another culture in their language. It acts as a beacon for the study of languages in the UK and promotes language provision at national level.            

Lewis’ task was to research the role played by animals in the First and Second World Wars and to write 200-250 words in German about his findings. Here is what he came up with:

Tiere im ersten Weltkrieg

Das meiste erkennbare Tier im ersten Weltkrieg war das Pferd. Pferde hatten viele Verwendungen im Krieg. Pferde wurden für die Kavallerie benutzt. Die Soldaten ritten mit den Pferden in die Schlacht. Es waren Kavallerie-Angriffe in der Schlacht bei Mons und der Somme. Pferde wurden auch für die logistische Unterstützung benutzt. Sie wurden verwendet, um Artillerie-Krankenwagen und Versorgungswagen zu ziehen.

Ein anderes wichtiges Tier war die Brieftaube. Am Ende des Krieges hatte die US-Marine 1.508 Tauben alleine in Frankreich. Die Tauben schickten Nachrichten an die Soldaten, und führten auch Luftüberwachungen aus. Die französichen Soldaten nahmen 72 Taubenkäfige mit in die erste Schlacht von Marne.

Tier haben ingesamt eine wichtige Rolle im ersten Weltkrieg gespielt, jedoch gibt es auch Geschichten über einzelne Tiere, die Leben gerettet haben. Es gab zum Beispiel eine berühmte Brieftaube, die “Cher Ami” hieß und die 12 wichtige Nachrichten während der Schlacht von Verdun übermittelt hat. Dies hat ihr die französische Kriegsauszeichnung “Croix de Guerre” verliehen. Auf ihrer letzten Mission hat sie eine Nachricht übermittelt, obwohl sie angeschossen war, und diese Nachricht hat 194 US-Soldaten gerettet, weil diese nun die Möglichkeit hatten, verbündete Truppen zu ihrer Position zu holen.  Ein anderes Beispiel ist die Bulldogge  “Caesar”, die in der Schlacht der Somme verwundete Soldaten gerettet hat, indem sie die verletzten Männer im Niemandsland gefunden hat.

Animals in the first world war

The most recognizable animal used in the first world war is, of course, horses. Horses had multiple uses within warfare. Horses were used for cavalry, in which soldiers would ride into battle on a horse, and whole divisions were formed with just cavalry regiments. There were cavalry charges at the battle of Mons, and the battle of the Somme. This wasn’t the only use for horses though, as they were also used for logistical support, as they were used to pull artillery, used as ambulances and were used as supply wagons.

Another important animal during the first world war was the carrier pigeon. By the end of the war the US navy had 1,508 pigeons in France alone. These pigeons sent messages to soldiers, and also carried out aerial reconnaissance missions. In the first battle of the Marne the French advanced 72 pigeon lofts with them.

While there are animals as a whole who played a role, there also stories of individual animals saving lives. There was a homing pigeon called Cher Ami, who delivered 12 important messages during the battle of Verdun. This led her to receiving the Croix de Guerre with Palm. In her last mission she delivered a message even though she had been shot, and this message led to 194 US soldiers being saved, as they were able to alert friendly forces to their position, stopping friendly artillery barrages on them. Another example is Caesar the bulldog, who in the battle of the Somme helped rescue wounded men, by helping find wounded men in no man’s land.

- Lewis, Year 11, Park High School, Stanmore - 15th March 2019

Lewis worked very hard and came second in this tough competition, we are very proud of his achievement -  Herzlichen Glückwunsch!

More information can be found on http://www.ogn.ox.ac.uk/content/oxford-german-olympiad-2019-winners.

If you would like to take part in the next competition there are other categories such as video-making, art related tasks, play-writing, and more, please speak to Mrs. Gorman or Mrs. Wilson from the MFL Department.

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Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore,
Middlesex, HA7 1PL

Headteacher:Mrs Colette O'Dwyer

Email:info@parkhighstanmore.org.uk

Phone:020 8952 2803

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