Ferdinand Foch

French commander Ferdinand Foch's early decisions led to some of worst of World War I's bloodshed. He also forecast that the Treaty of Versailles only postponed the inevitable World War II. A detailed video biography gives scholars the information they need to debate these ideas.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Engage historians in a debate about how early decisions in World War I led to a military stalemate and bloodshed
  • Offer as research on key figures in World War I
Classroom Considerations

  • Serves as an installment of Who Did What in World War I? video biography series
  • Graphic pictures of dead soldiers may make the video inappropriate for some classes
  • Presumes scholars already understand the connections between World War I and World War II
Pros

  • Intriguing pictures and quotes from primary sources make it more interesting
  • Biography situates Foch's military career in a larger context of World War I
Cons

  • None
Common Core