Leadership & command in World War One

Lesson Rationale

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.

Key questions

  • 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?