They Drew Fire: A WWII D-Day Webquest

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To begin, click here to listen to the order of the day from General Dwight D. Eisenhower.
(Photo credit: General Dwight D. Eisenhower, U.S.A. McClelland Barclay #1, Oil on canvas, circa 1944. From the Navy Art Collection at the Navy Historical Center.)

The Sights of D-Day:

Navy coxswain at D-DayTo see the images created by Navy artists on D-Day, visit the Navy Historical Center's web page D-Day Normandy: Operation Overlord

Use these images to help you create your vivid descriptions and create your narrative.
Caption for drawing to left, from the Navy Historical website: "Exposed to enemy fire as he steered his craft to shore, the lives of thirty-six infantrymen in his small LCVP were his responsibility. If he failed in his mission of landing these troops, the strategy of admirals went for naught; the bombardment of a naval force alone could never gain a foothold on the hostile and contested shore. Prairie boy or city lad, the coxswain became a paragon of courageous determination and seamanship."

The Battles of D-Day, US Army website:

Find details about the D-Day from the US Army D-Day website. Information includes list of all Allied military units involved, overview of beach landings, WWII posters, and more.

Your Project Worksheet:

Use the D-Day Webquest worksheet to help develop your character and to record your research. This is a word-processing document that you can copy to your laptop and then fill-it out on the computer as you work. 

Other WWII Links:

bulletWar Poster Collection content.lib.washington.edu/postersweb/index.html
bulletWorld War II Commemoration  www.pbs.org/theydrewfire/
bulletRutgers Oral History Archives of World War II http://oralhistory.rutgers.edu/military-history/29-conflict-index/164-world-war-ii-european-theater-index
bulletWhat Did You Do in the War, Grandma? stg.brown.edu/projects/WWII_Women/tocCS.html
bulletWW II: People's War www.bbc.co.uk/dna/ww2
bulletFly Girls www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/flygirls/
bulletVoices of World War II http://library.umkc.edu/spec-col/ww2/index.htm
bulletVeteran's History Project www.loc.gov/folklife/vets/

(Photo credits Top picture: Assault Wave Cox'n, Dwight C. Shepler #141a, Watercolor, 1944.Bottom picture: The Tough Beach, Dwight C. Shepler #147, Watercolor, June 1944. Source of both images is the Navy Historical Center)

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