I introduced this section by having my lad read through some books that talked about specific battles of the Western Front.
Watching this video below led us on a discussion on homelessness during the war. We also discussed being shell-shocked, tanks being turned over and how you would get out, and the sheer devastation war causes.
Reading about the weapons had my son talking about how the German weapons are the only thing that allows Germany to defeat Belgium the way it did. Such a hard loss for Belgium, being the warning ground of what Germany had in stock.
The video below was part of a five part video series on Australia and New Zealand in WW1. This site told us a bit more about their training and battle locations.
Learning about the major battles wouldn’t be complete without learning about gas attacks.
Here we looked at three of the major battles of the Western Front.
The lad has a research project due this week. Research one battle of the war. Videos, on-line and physical resources to be used. He needs to explain any role Canada played in the battle.
He might choose one of these five but he hasn’t really decided.
- Battle of 2nd Ypres.
- Battle of Vimy Ridge.
- Battle of the Somme.
- Battle of Passchendaele.
- Battle of Amiens
An update is needed! The lad is working hard on the Battle of the Somme. He’s been doing research and working on putting together a four paragraph essay for me. He was hoping to get it done this week but today we took apart a clock radio and then he had to get ready for his FTX weekend with Army Cadets.
We also used resources from Heather LeBlanc’s Major Battles and Events of WW1.