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USAHEC Educators' Toolbox: World War II

USAHEC's source toolbox for educators

World War II Sources

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Short Vignettes for your Classroom

From 1979 through 1985, the Military History Institute (USAMHI) of the USAHEC drew submissions from students and scholars from within the MHI and from throughout the country to publish as Military History Vignettes. Each of these short stories is a well-researched look at a specific topic in military history and is perfect for small group readings and critical thinking discussion in the classroom.

To find additional Military History Vignettes that do not pertain to a specific era, click here.

Fall of the Philippines
Grade Level:
 9-12
Historical Era: World War II
Subject: U.S. History, World History
Introduction: This activator includes primary source documents, audio, and several photographs. The material covers the surrender of the Philippine Islands to the Japanese at the beginning of World War II in the Pacific. This should be used to begin any discussion on the Pacific Theater in World War II. Students will be asked to analyze primary sources to learn about the realities of the war in the Pacific after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The Battle of Guadalcanal: From a Soldier-Poet
Grade Level:
 9-12
Historical Era: World War II
Subject: U.S. History, World History
Introduction: This activator includes a poem written by a U.S. Army Soldier dealing with the hardships of battle on Guadalcanal during the first American offensive of the Pacific war. This activator is a good introduction to World War II in the Pacific. The activator also includes a photograph of a supply depot on the island, a scan of the front page of the Soldier's Veterans Service Survey, and a historical overview for the instructor.

Our Pearl Harbor Experience
Grade Level:
 9-12
Historical Era: World War II
Subject: U.S. History, World History
Introduction: This lesson plan includes primary source documents. The material covers a first person account of the attack on Pearl Harbor from the point of view of a Soldier on the ground. Students will also review a telephone log from a headquarters unit from that day.

Lectures at the USAHEC

The USAHEC has several lecture series covering all eras and topics in military and U.S. Army history.

82nd Airborne Paratroopers dropping from the sky

Poster from the World War II Homefront

Soldiers manning a 75mm howitzer artillery piece

Anti-aircraft flack cannon