World War 1 Conflict

Activity 1:

A)  Explain in your own words why General Ludendorff by August 1918 was convinced Germany could not win the war.

B)  Imagine you are an ordinary Germany citizen suffering from shortages of food and fuel, and with a close relative fighting in the German army. Write a brief letter to the General explaining why Germany should NOT surrender.

Activity 2:

What was the Dolchstoss Legende and why did it grow and spread as truth among some sections of German society?

Activity 3:

A)  Using your own words briefly summarise the promises the SDF led government made to the people of Germany.

B)  Design a poster that demonstrates why Bolshevism was so feared in Germany in 1919. Make this A4 size if sending in hard copy. You can draw it by hand or use computer skills.

Below is an example of a poster produced in Germany in 1919. You may find another poster or you may create your own.


Any images taken from the internet or a text source must be acknowledged in footnotes.

Activity 4: Read the representations. What is the common message of all three representations? Make sure you name the representations in all your answers.


Activity 5:  The cartoon below was published in 1924 in Germany during the Weimar Republic. As with most cartoons, this was a commentary on the political situation in Germany at the time (mid 1920s).


1. Name the cartoon, its author and date of publication.

2. Three political ideologies (parties) are represented by the three figures in the cartoon. Identify which figure represents which ideology. Explain the reasons for your choice.

3. What are the two figures on Ebert’s back doing to him?

4. Why are the figures facing opposite directions?

5. What do you think is the cartoonist’s main message?

Activity 6: Hitler had a poor opinion of democracy and believed that dictatorship was the supreme form of leadership.

During the first half of the 20th Century rule by dictators was established in several European nations apart from the dictatorship of Adolf Hitler in Germany.

a) Using your own words, explain what is meant by the term dictator.

b) Copy the table below and fill in the blanks. 


Activity 7: Kaiser Wilhelm and Adolf Hitler were both dictators. Rule two columns and head one Kaiser Wilhelm and the other Adolf Hitler. Using dot points list the similarities and differences you see in their world views. 

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