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The Second World War Value 1.0

Significant duplication of content means that this unit should not be studied in addition to Germany from Republic to Reich, 1.0 and/or From Republic to Reich, 0.5.



Specific Unit Goals

This unit should enable students to:

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  • demonstrate investigation and interpretation skills necessary to solve problems of evidence and achieve independence in researching

  • communicate a logically developed and focussed argument to convey historical positions or ideas

  • communicate a logically developed, articulate and focussed argument to convey historical positions or ideas

  • demonstrate knowledge, awareness and understanding of the events of World War II

  • demonstrate knowledge, awareness and understanding of events of World War II

  • evaluate factors that led to the defeat of the Axis Powers in World War II

  • recognize and understand significant historical events on the individual and nation

  • analyse and critically examine significant historical events on the individual and nation

  • understand some of the post World War II effects of events


A study of this unit should include the following topics. There is scope for some areas to be treated in more depth than others. Topics for study will be guided by teacher expertise and student interest.

Impact and Legacy of World War I

Treaty of Versailles

Britain, Russia and Italy in the 1920s and 30s

Weimar Germany 1919 to 1933

Origins of the War in Europe

The Great Depression

Rise of dictators ( Mussolini, Stalin, Hitler)

Nazi foreign policy

Appeasement policy

Origins of War in the Pacific

Rise of ultra-nationalism and militarism in Japan, effects of the Great Depression

Japanese expansion and its implications

Military actions, 1931, 1937

Weaknesses of the League of Nations

Pearl Harbour

Course of the War

War in Europe, Hitler’s five campaigns

The Battle of Britain, the Blitz

North African Campaigns

The Great Patriotic War

War in the Pacific – policy of ‘Defeat Germany First’ and its effects in the Pacific

Fall of Singapore

The Turning Points – Midway, El Alamein, Stalingrad

Australia’s role in the war – e.g. Kokoda

Developments in war technology

The Holocaust

Wartime conferences

Use of the atomic bombs

Resistance Movements

Effects of war – social, political and economic change, Atlantic charter, UNO

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Refer to page 30.

Assessment Task Types

Refer to page 32.

Student Capabilities

Evidence could be in:

Student Capabilities



Teaching and Learning


creative and critical thinkers

enterprising problem-solvers

skilled and empathetic communicators

informed and ethical decision-makers

environmentally and culturally aware citizens

confident and capable users of technologies

independent and self-managing learners

collaborative team members


Refer to pages 41-79 for resource.

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