A comprehensive but economical overview of the Second World War, a topic that is too often shortchanged or eliminated in history curriculums. This unit goes into depth on the causes, personalities, and the cultural ramifications as well as the weapons and strategies of the greatest conflict in human history. Students will come away conversant about the origins of assault rifles, aircraft carriers, and strategic bombing which are formative of events today. The Second World War is essential to understanding the 20th century which was the most violent one in human history.
Materials include a lengthy slideshow with notes and references, an outline keyed to the slides, and a complete multiple choice test and answer key.
Keywords: World War II, Hitler, Stalin, Battle of Britain, blitzkrieg, D-Day, Pearl Harbor, U.S. Marines, Midway, Iwo Jima