Keep to the topic please. I've deleted all off-topic petty argumentative posts.
For the 6 mark question on reparations what there didnt seem that much you could write.
I said how much it was and by when it would be payed and it was becuase Germany had to pay for all damage caused in the war. Couldnt think of much else to write than that. Oh, and also I talked bout how the guilt clause allowed the Big 3 to force Germany to pay the reparations.
Does this sound right?
I can't really remember that much about it so I probably didn't do that much either. I remember saying how much the reperations were (equivalent to 6600 million I think), I remember saying that they were decided upon in April 1921. And I said about the War Guilt Clause and essentially that was why they had to pay; it was thought that seen as they'd accepted responsibility for starting the war, they should technically pay for the damage it had thus caused. I said that the money would go towards rebuilding, especially in France which had been "devastated" (!) by the fighting, and I also said that the Allies would use the money to pay off their war debts. I said that this was why Germany struggled so much as well - because they'd been planning to do the same, extract money from the losers of the war, because they were so confident about winning. I threw in that because of this arrogance, they hadn't put taxes up to pay for the war, and thus, struggles a lot with the reperation installments.
My 3 reasons were they agreed to paying them in the peace armistice, they signed article 2.3.1., the war guilt clause, and NE France had been damaged in areas due to the war, in battles like the Somme & Verdun. Should be good enough to get 5 or 6 I hope.
Did you go into those sort of preserved trenches? You can go into them to give you the 'army' experience? They were amazing. We played army in them, and then realised how disrespectful it must have seemed so we stopped. They truly were amazing though. Very muddy. Did you visit the Somme as well? Where Wilfred Owen's dug out was? I have greater respect for those soldiers now I've seen what conditions would have been like.