The Architect Of The Battle of the Somme - Douglas Haig

Douglas Haig, the British Field marshal during World War I, was known as both a national hero and butcher. His decisions directly led to the large numbers of deaths in the trenches, but Haig was driven by the quest for a great victory along the trench lines. A biography explores Haig's legacy, the legacy of the Battle of Somme, and how these legacies intersect.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Offer video as research on key figures of the war
  • After viewing the video, ask your class to evaluate decisions that increased deaths during the Great War 
Classroom Considerations
  • Part of the Who Did What in World War I? video biography series
  • Graphic pictures of dead soldiers make the video inappropriate for some viewers
  • The video presumes a high level of detailed knowledge of World War I battles
Pros
  • The video uses intriguing photographs to capture young scholars' interest
  • Engaging narrator frames Haig's triumphs and failures within a larger context
Cons
  • None
Common Core