As a tribute to my father, Edwin Hammond Chandler (1925-2010), this DBQ Close reading assignment includes a chronicle of his time aboard ship during World War II. Email correspondence with a shipmate of his who passed away in March 2014 filled in many of the holes. MisterVA Back to School is pleased to include this high school level assignment in the store. Never before published photos from my Dad's archives are included as a bonus feature.
In August 1944, the invasion of France began to supplement what
had occurred in Normandy two months earlier. The LCI (L) 587 was one of the troop transport ships which was responsible for landing
ground troops on the beaches. Months of practice landings
in Italy prepared them for the mission. LCIs on either side during the invasion struck mines which were submerged beneath the sea. My father, Edwin Chandler (1925-2010) was the ship’s Quartermaster. His superior, Allan Hamilton(1921-2014), provided details to me prior to his death in March of 2014. The documents are from the ship’s log and also from his recollections
in consulting the logs.
Bonus material is include in the form of actual orders from August 12, 1944. Pictures not from my father's collection are in the public domain. Copies of whole slides are recommended. Instructions and sample questions are included. A document analysis sheet is NOT included. No essay is provided and there is not a writing assignment provided, either, although the lesson could be adapted to include them.
Lesson is geared toward HS, although it could be used in middle school with some modifications.
DBQ: Operation Anvil--The Invasion of Southern France
by Paul Chandler
is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License
Based on a work at http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Mister-Va-Back-To-School