Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
Ambrose says in the Prologue that it is important to understand the big picture that led to the success of the D-Day operation. The objective of this lesson is understanding the role of the German army as "The Defenders."
1. Discuss as a class how Germany lacks the resources for a three-front battle. Who is Germany fighting, and why? What tactical errors has Germany made throughout the war?
2. Answer in 2-3 paragraphs: What is the Atlantic Wall? What is its strategic importance to the Germans? What does it symbolize to Hitler?
3. Break into small groups to discuss the what-if possibilities of the German Army. According to Ambrose's assessment, where could the Germans have turned the tide of the war before 1944? How do you think that would have impacted the world over the last 60 years?
Homework: In a typical battle, who has the advantage, the defenders...
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