The Architect Of The Battle of the Somme - Douglas Haig

What happened when old strategies of war met new, advanced World War I weapons? Scholars investigate the Battle of the Somme in the 16th lesson of a 32-part unit on the Great War. Watching a short video clip, they analyze the strategy of Douglas Haig and why he earned the nickname The Butcher of the Somme.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Classroom Considerations

  • Video clip is less than 10 minutes in length

  • Resource provides background knowledge of the advancements of weapons leading to World War I
  • Lesson includes primary source photographs from World War I for examination 

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