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The World War Binoculars

The World War Binoculars

The first binoculars were invented in the early C19th century, 200 years ago. You could see into the distance better when you used them, but they turned the world upside down 180 degrees! Just over 100 years ago, new designs meant you could see the world the right way up and even use them for measuring distances. They began to be used by the navy and army in the field.

(If you are in a group, perhaps take turns to read each story out loud in character!)

Sea sickness was something I never had to deal with, so this was a first.

‘Penny, you alright? – oh dear!’

‘Let’s get you to sit down – there we go…’ Edie said, trying to help as I was throwing up.

Edie then went to grab a bowl and gave it to me.

‘Here, please refrain from being sick on the floor again’, she said. ‘Why don’t we go outside? I think it will do you some good to have fresh air’, she then suggested.

When we both got outside, we spotted Henry holding something.

‘Hey you both, look at what I found!’ He shouted from the other side of the ship, and we made our way over.

‘These, according to the soldier, are binoculars that are used to spot submarines’.

The binoculars were black with a brown strap, seemingly made out of rubber. I was about to ask more about them, but felt more sick all of a sudden, and then…’Oh no, not again!’

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