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Resource packets include reproductions of photographs, newspaper articles, maps, letters, oral histories and other primary sources on a variety of topics. The packets also contain classroom activities for middle and high school students.


Letters from WWI

Chicagoan Max Ottenfeld served as part of the American Expeditionary Forces during WW1 with the U.S. First Infantry Division. This is a collection of his letters and other primary resources that explore survival, leisure time, duty, and technology during the war.

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Tank Tech: Parts of a Tank and Tank Crew

Part 1: Students are able to click on 5 basic parts of a tank to learn more. Then they can review with a drag and drop activity.

Part 2: Students are able to click on 5 crew positions to learn more about that job. Then they can review with a drag and drop activity.

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D-Day Packet

This resource packet is designed to provide primary resources for your classroom related to the invasion of Normandy, France, beginning D-Day June 6, 1944. It includes oral histories, letters, photographs, maps, newspaper articles and other documents related to the soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division, who were the first US troops to land on OMAHA Beach.

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Battle of the Bulge Packet

This packet includes a step-by-step explanation of the Battle of the Bulge. The multiple sections also serve to provide a more specific explanation of the Battle at Butgenbach, which can be viewed as a microcosm of the larger event. Primary resources of quotations, journal entries, photographs and newspaper articles are also included. Additional aids include Medal of Honor Citations, biographies of major personalities involved, maps and an annotated bibliography.

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Evolution of Firearms

A Military History 101 lesson detailing the evolution of firearms from the early 14th Century through present day.

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