SLJ Activity 1:An Eventful Experience
WWII was made up of many battles and events. Follow this link to read more about the timeline of WWII.
Choose two key events and find out some more information about what happened on those days. On your blog, write a short summary of two events, including the names of people involved and where the event happened.
Event 1: Germany invades Poland
During the 1939's, on the 1st of September the Invasion of Poland begins.
Poland's Army were to weak to defeat Prussia, Germany, Silesia and Slovakia.
With more than 2,000 tanks and 1,000 planes bombarding the country.
After extreme bombing, Warsaw surenders.
Event 2:Air Raids on Australia
During Febuary 1942 and November 1943, Australia were attacked 97 times by the Japanese Air Navy. Attacks came in many ways, such as medium bombers, ship attacks, and ground attacks. This event left at least 235 or more people dead.
SLJ Activity 2:A call to Arms
Over the course of WWII, approximately 140,000 New Zealanders were sent overseas to serve in the war. Many were sent to fight in huge battles, including the Battle of the Atlantic that lasted for 2064 days (over 5 years)! The Battle of the Atlantic came to an end in 1943, in large part due to the heroic efforts of people like Lloyd Trigg, a pilot from New Zealand. He was awarded a special medal from the New Zealand Government for his bravery. It is called a Victoria Cross (‘VC’ for short). A total of 22 New Zealanders have been awarded VCs.
Click on this link to find a list of VC winners. Choose one from the Second World War, and read about him. On your blog tell us about him. Who was he? What did he do to earn a Victoria Cross medal?
Name: Alfred Hulme
Why he earned it: For a numerous number of heroic acts. One of his brave acts was disgusing himself as a German to get close to his target. He killed over 30 enemy snipers and the crew of a heavy mortar.
SLJ Activity 3: Women at Work
Both men and women served in World War II. Many women chose to enlist as nurses and be stationed overseas caring for wounded soldiers. My nana was one of those nurses. She (Dorothy) spent much of World War II working on a large Red Cross ship that was stationed off the coast of Cairo, Egypt.
For this activity, you are going to imagine that you are just like Dorothy and that you are working as a nurse on a large medical ship.
One day you are walking along the deck of the ship when you hear a loud bang. You start to run as you see smoke coming from the far end of the ship. You run towards the room where your patients are waiting to receive treatment from the doctor. Just as you arrive at the door to their room you hear another loud bang and you…
Complete the story provided above. To earn full points you must write, at least, 8-10 sentences. What happens next?
.....Tell your patients that you'll be back soon. As I run down the halls of the ship, another loud bang is heard. I run faster and faster as time passes, after a few minutes I finally come to my destination. As I open the door, a soldier from another country is in action of killing one of the nurses. I act fast and grab a syringe from the table next to me. The soldier tries to defend himself but it's useless, I had already stabbed the syringe into him. It seemed it was filled with anesthesia, I knew it wouldn't hold him off for long and there would probably be more soldiers like him coming to attack. Before I leave, I grab a few tranquilizer guns and a walkie talkie. I think through my plan as I run along the halls. "This is Nurse Davarni, send troops to the main office" I say through the walkie talkie as I come to a stop. I quickly crouch down behind a wall. A small group of soldiers block the entrance to the main office, so I immediatly pull out the tranquilizer gun and aim it at one of the soldiers. The soldier falls to the ground, the other soldiers turn around to help him. They notice the tranquilizer dart in his neck, suddenly one of the soldiers start walking in my direction. I shuffle towards the other side of the ship, unfortuantely a loose floorboard creaks, catching the attention of them all.
I close my eyes in terror, knowing that i'd probably die in any second. "Hey, it's okay. He's dead" says a voice. I slowly lift open my eye lids, "Thank god". The man lets go of the soldier, as I stand up troops surrond the area. "They got my message" I say as I smile. "Thank you for coming" I say to one of the troops. "We wouldn't be here if it weren't for you, so thank you" He says with a warm smile. "I notice the loud bangs stopped" I say. "Yeah, we took care of that" He said. I suddenly remember that my patients still haven't be treated, "Excuse me I need to go back to the infirmary" I say before running off in a dash. I huff and puff as I enter the room, everyone looks fine. "Sorry to keep everyone waiting, I had to take care of something very important" I say. After breathing a little I go back to work and tell the other nurses about my heroic acts.