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Henry Fanshaw Bear

Episode:29Te Papa Collection:History

Suggested curriculum levels:3 – 5

Curriculum connections:English: Listening, Reading, and Viewing, Social Sciences:Identity, Culture, and Organisation Continuity and Change

Description:Many brave recruits have served our country in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, but they're not all human. Simon Morton meets a special bear with some sky-high stories.

Questions for students

  1. Why do you think the bear 'disappeared' from time to time? What do you think happened to him? What information from the Tale and from your own knowledge did you use to infer this?
  2. What does the presenter say attracted young men to join the Air Force? What was the range of ages the Air Force wanted? Why was this changed after 1942?
  3. The first part of this Tale shows how young men were recruited to serve in New Zealand's armed forces during World War II. Identify the images and slogans used in the 1940s. Look at some modern advertisements for the armed forces in different media. How is the advertising similar or different? What images and slogans are used now? Use the 'Then and now' response template to compare the military recruitment advertisements from the 1940s with those used now.
  4. What is a mascot? Why do you think the 75th Squadron of the Royal New Zealand Air Force took the toy bear with them when they went to fight in World War II?
  5. Henry Fanshaw went to several countries with the 75th Squadron. Research all the countries and conflicts that New Zealand servicemen and women have been in, from World War II to the present day. Apart from active fighting, what other roles do our defence forces fulfil around the world?

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Then and now