What Would You Do? Scenario: Bombing to Invade

The D-Day invasion was critical to the Allies defeating Nazi Germany. However, they needed to make sure Hitler could not get resources to France to fight back. Should the Allies bomb the rail lines feeding the German army through France and Belgium—killing thousands of innocent civilians—or should they launch the invasion without taking this precautionary measure? A short video and discussion question asks interested historians to consider the ethical dilemma American President Franklin D. Roosevelt faced.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Offer the video as a conversation starter about the role of civilians in wartime
  • Use the resource as a kickoff activity to study the D-Day invasion 
Classroom Considerations
  • Video is one part of the War in Europe series
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Images are engaging 
  • The brevity of the resource makes it simple to incorporate into a variety of lessons
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