Gallipoli Interactive

Homework Due Today: Show your completed pitstop on page 30 of the WWI LJ booklet.

Read pages 31 to 36 in your WWI LJ booklet. Using the information found, complete the pitstop, along with the evidence/examples/quotes for the essay.

Then, access Gallipoli: The First Day for an interactive understanding of the Gallipoli landings.

Remember, completed final copy of Choice Journey Proposal due Tuesday 23 April.


Fall of Berlin

Colour footage of Berlin in 1936:

Colour footage of the Fall of Berlin, taken after the fighting on May 14, 1945:

Computer generated film of Hitler’s planned city Germania:

End of Term: Games For Change

Video games are on track to become the dominant pastime, eclipsing the popularity of novels, magazines, tv and movies. Recently, there have been efforts to create games that educate and engage people with pressing issues of the day. While not all of the games below are socially engaged games, I’d like you to be aware of this exciting new development. A good place to start is at the Games for Change website.

Warfare 1944: A WWII take on Jesse’s favorite flash game.

Diplomacy: You must sign up for this, but it is an absolute classic. Wait for others to sign up, create a game, and let the back stabbing begin. A great way to put yourself in the shoes of national leaders of Europe in the first half of the 20th century. I have set up a game: the game is 59065 Y10AMWCGS and the password is Y10AMWCGS

World Wars : A ‘Risk’ style game with WW2 units

Darfur is Dying: Brought to you by the Games4Change people, kiddy graphics with a very serious message

September 12: A Toy World: A simple game that ends when you get the point.

Endgame Syria: Have not played this one yet, but have heard good things. About the current troubles in Syria, from the Game the News people.

Freedom Bridge: Never will a single pixel affect you in such a way.

WWII 1939 – 1945

Country Military Civilian Total
USSR 12 million 17 million 29 million
Poland 597,000 5.86 million 6.27 million
Germany 3.25 million 2.44 million 5.69 million
Yugoslavia 305,000 1.35 million 1.66 million
Romania 450,000 465,000 915,000
Hungary 200,000 600,000 800,000
France 245,000 350,000 595,000
Italy 380,000 153,000 533,000
Great Britain 403,000 92,700 495,000
United States 407,000 6,000 413,000
Czechoslovakia 7,000 315,000 322,000
Holland 13,700 236,000 249,000
Greece 19,000 140,000 159,000
Belgium 76,000 23,000 99,000

The Crusades

Please watch this Crash Course episode on the Crusades, then choose one topic listed afterwards to comment on (please post in the comments section):

  • Why did the Crusades begin?
  • What are some common misconceptions concerning the Crusades?
  • Were the Crusade a success for Europeans?
  • What have been the long term effects of the Crusades?
  • Who was the most impressive personality of the Crusades?
  • What most surprised you about the Crusades?

Trench Warfare

After yesterday’s trip to the Shrine and our preliminary research you should have a good understanding of:

  • why Australian’s fought in WWI
  • how war was perceived at the time
  • our first theatre of war

Today we are going to explore trench warfare through playing the flash game Warfare 1917.

Play the game through a few times. You will be assigned to the British side and be given certain objectives each mission.

Before you begin:

  • Open a Word Document, and write a short paragraph outlining your understanding of trench warfare, including conditions, tactics and anything else you might know.
  • Play the game, recording your vital statistics at the end of each round.

After you have played, follow this link on trench warfare conditions to round out your knowledge, chose three of the following questions and write a short response (2-3 sentences) for each:

  • Were your soldiers 100% safe at anytime during the game?
  • Why are trenches important?
  • What part of the trench warfare experience is missing from this game?
  • What upgrades did your choose, and why?
  • Did the tactics become frustrating? Why?
  • What was the deadliest weapon? Why?

When you have completed your reflection, post your thoughts on this blog. I will be looking to make sure this is done, so if you do not have time this class, you must post by Sunday 24 March 5pm.

On completing this task, please watch this short clip showing conditions on the Western Front. Please be aware that there may be some images you find disturbing.


Read through the handout on the Sudetenland and Appeasement.

Complete the activity on page 272 using a table and two paragraphs.

League of Nations

Hi All,

Well done on completing the extended response yesterday. To see just how relevant this study is to today, check out this video from a weekend match in Greece. The player who gave the Nazi salute in celebration of his goal has been banned for life from all Greece domestic and national teams:

Today we look at the League of Nations. The League of Nations can be understood as a prototype of the United Nations. It was an American idea which was established as part of the Treaty of Versailles. The hope was that as a supranational body it would be able to settle disputes between nations by imposing sanctions, with troop involvement a final option.

The League failed for a number of reasons, not least because the USA refused to join, following an isolationist policy following WWI.

Please complete the following tasks:

  1. Visit this site, and with the information you find summarise three successes and three failures of the League of Nations in your exercise book.
  2. Visit this site , and complete the following tasks in your exercise book:

-The League’s Aims: Question 2

-How Strong was the League: Question 1

-The League in Abyssinia: Using the documents provided, explain how the failure in Abyssinia signaled the end of the League of Nation dream.

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