Presentation on theme: "L6: Trench Warfare Agenda Objective: To understand… 1.What trenches and trench warfare were. 2.Why trenches emerged and the role of technology in that."— Presentation transcript:
L6: Trench Warfare Agenda Objective: To understand… 1.What trenches and trench warfare were. 2.Why trenches emerged and the role of technology in that process. 3.What fighting a trench- based war was like. Schedule: 1.Introduction to Trenches 2.Trenches and Technology Homework 1.Read selections from All Quiet on the Western Front Due L7 (Mon 1/7) 2.Read selections on Total War from Rites of Spring Due L8 (Tues 1/8) 3.Creative Project Due L17 (Tuesday 1/29)
The Trenches Become a Fixture of the War By late 1914, just a few months after the start of war, two massive systems of trenches stretched 400 miles across Western Europe from Switzerland to the North Sea. –This trench system defined the Western Front. –Trenches would also be used on the Eastern Front. Purpose of the trench system was to: (1)Defend territory you “gained” during advance (2)Attack the enemy
Tour of the Trenches We will watch a short clip of a historical re-enactment of British soldiers in a World War One trench. You will want to watch for how the trench is constructed and laid out. FYI: Gerry is a the generic name British soldiers used to refer to German soldiers.
Why did Trench Warfare emerge? How did World War One go from being a war of movement to one of fighting in fixed positions in the trenches? The answer lies in new war technologies… –Discussion: “Technology and the Trenches”