Episodes 4 & 5: Sergeant Harold J. Hart Papers

Episodes 4 & 5: Sergeant Harold J. Hart Papers

[symple_testimonial by=””]”In modern warfare not all soldiers advance to the battlefields armed with musket and sabre or their present-day equivalent. Instead many are equipped with such curious weapons as pencils, pens, T-squares, typewriters, slide rules and cameras.” Snaps and Story: Seventh Photo Tech Squadron[/symple_testimonial]

Go to Sophia’s Schoolhouse blog to watch “Sergeant Harold J. Hart Papers, Part 1” & “Sergeant Harold J. Hart Papers, Part 2.” Below find additional primary sources and a suggested classroom activity to accompany the videos.

Additional Primary Sources from the Harlod J. Hart Papers, MS 1840:

Use the navigation arrows to read selected pages from Snaps and Story: Seventh Photo Tech Squadron 

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Watch a video slideshow of photographs likely taken by members of the 7th Photo Tech Squadrom while deployed to Bally, India. All photographs are from the Harold J. Hart Papers, MS 1840.

Suggested Classroom Activity

Have students keep a list of questions that come to their mind while they are watching episodes 4 and 5 about the Harold J. Hart Papers. After watching the video go over the questions as a class and have students develop strategies for finding answers to questions you couldn’t figure out together. Next, have students read the selected pages from Snaps and Story: Seventh Photo Tech Squadron and watch the video slideshow of photographs from the collection. After reading the pages and watching the photo slideshow, use the following discussion questions to get students thinking about these sources:

  1. Why do you think the members of the 7th Photo Tech Squadron went through the trouble of creating this book?
  2. What did you learn about what it was like for the men stationed in India from reading pages from the book?
  3. What did the photo slideshow add to your understanding? Do you think you learn more from written or visual sources?
  4. How do you think Snaps and Story would be different if it did not have to pass inspection by a censor?
  5. Have you ever been somewhere with a different language and culture? How did you feel being there? How do you think the soldiers felt when they first arrived in India?