Leadership & command in World War One
The aim of this lesson is to introduce some of the debate around leadership during World War One. It will invite students to consider a military leader’s job during the war and whether a conflict existed between civilian expectations and those of the military.
- Who makes the decisions in wartime about the military and within the military?
- Who becomes a decision maker and how were they trained during World War One?
- How difficult would it have been to make a decision knowing that people would be killed following orders?
- Is it fair that decision makers and those who follow orders are treated differently?
- Should decisions by the leaders during war be judged?