The Backbone of Total War - Trains in WW1

Can a railroad win a war? Scholars use a short video clip to analyze the impact the railway system had on the outcome of the First World War. The 27th lesson of a 32-part unit on the Great War investigates the use of trains to move soldiers, equipment, and supplies all over Europe. They use their knowledge to better understand and discuss the role the railway system had on World War I. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Classroom Considerations

  • Video lasts less than 10 minutes
Pros

  • Video clip contains primary WWI photography, making it easy to research and analyze
  • Excellent lesson for audio and visual learners 
Cons

  • None