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I have to admit to feeling a bit surprised. I thought, battles of the war, how complicated could it be. BOY, was I wrong. Led to a rather fierce discussion between the lad and I about how I could be so wrong! But hey, we worked it through and have decided to divide this section into part.
Battles of the Western front, and the eastern front. Then battles of Africa. We’ll tackle sea battles and air battles. But last week and this week we are just going for the general approach.. just getting a bit of an overview of the battles of World War 1.
To that end, we watched a few different movies. Flyboys. and The Red Baron. We tried watching The Trench (don’t recommend it). We have plans to watch Warhorse documentary and War Horse but so far we can’t get a stream that works.
The lad read through these books below, just select pages that talked about battles of the war in generic terms, or as a broad overview.
The goal is to have him find a battle he wants to research from a Canadian point of view, but so far none of them are grabbing his attention.
We also read through a book called Vimy Oaks because I was just intensely curious. It took us a couple of nights to read through. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. We found it fascinating that the oaks from France eventually found a way back after all the destruction.
Would we be us if we didn’t watch some videos as well?
Watching how the line moved so much at first and then just kind of stalled, reminded us of how HARD and kinda pointless trench warfare would have seemed to the men involved.
We used a variety of resources for this unit study. These include writing prompts from Bonnie Rose. Heather LeBlanc’s Major Battles and Events of WW1 and Military Geography from TOS. We used a timeline from someone but I can’t find a link to it… Might have been a free unit we picked up somewhere, I can’t truly recall.