CIE IGCSE History: The First World War, 1914–18

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Depth Study A: The First World War, 1914–18

Why was the war not over by December 1914?

  • How was the Schlieffen Plan intended to work?
  • How important was Belgium’s reaction to the Schlieffen Plan?
  • How successful was the British Expeditionary Force (BEF)?
  • Why did both sides introduce trenches?

Why was there stalemate on the Western Front?

  • Why did the war become bogged down in the trenches?
  • What was living and fighting in the trenches like?
  • How important were new developments such as tanks, machine guns, aircraft and gas?
  • What was the significance of the Battles of Verdun and the Somme?

How important were other fronts?

  • Who won the war at sea?
  • Why did the Gallipoli campaign of 1915 fail?
  • Why did Russia leave the war in 1918?
  • What was the impact of war on civilian populations?

Why did Germany ask for an armistice in 1918?

  • What was the importance of America’s entry into the war?
  • Why was the German offensive of 1918 unsuccessful?
  • Why did revolution break out in Germany in October 1918?
  • Why was the armistice signed?

Further specified content can be found on page 17 of the Cambridge IGCSE Syllabus handbook (For examination in June and November 2020, 2021 and 2022)

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This module download also includes the following teaching resources:

  • CIE GCSE History Exam Booklets (zip)
  • L1 The Schlieffen Plan (pdf)
  • L1 The Schlieffen Plan (docx)
  • L10 Conditions In The Trenches Chart (docx)
  • L10 Conditions In The Trenches Chart (pdf)
  • L10 Conditions In The Trenches Information For Group Work (doc)
  • L10 Conditions In The Trenches Information For Group Work (pdf)
  • L11 Battle Scenarios (doc)
  • L11 Battle Scenarios (pdf)
  • L11 New Weaponry (pptx)
  • L11 Weapon Chart (pdf)
  • L11 Weapon Chart (pptx)
  • L11 Weapons Card Sort (pub)
  • L11 Weapons Card Sort (pdf)
  • L12 Battle Of The Somme Verdun (pptx)
  • L12 Resources (pdf)
  • L12 Resources (pptx)
  • L13 Jutland (mp3)
  • L13 The War At Sea (pdf)
  • L13 The War At Sea (docx)
  • L13 The War At Sea (mp4)
  • L13 War At Sea (mp3)
  • L14 Gallipoli (mp3)
  • L14 Gallipoli (pptx)
  • L16 Impact Of Russia S Withdrawal From Wwi On Germany (docx)
  • L16 Impact Of Russia S Withdrawal From Wwi On Germany (pdf)
  • L17 Arrival Of The American (mp3)
  • L17 Us Entry Into Ww1 (mp4)
  • L17 Us Entry Into Wwi (pptx)
  • L17 World War One 4 Why Did The Usa Enter Wwi (mp4)
  • L18 Ludendorf And The Spring Offensive (pdf)
  • L18 Ludendorf And The Spring Offensive (docx)
  • L18 The German Spring Offens (mp3)
  • L19 Trench Life (mp3)
  • L2 Belgian Reaction To The Schlieffen Plan Chart (pdf)
  • L2 Belgian Reaction To The Schlieffen Plan Chart (docx)
  • L20 Ludendorff S 100 Days Offensive (pdf)
  • L20 Ludendorff S 100 Days Offensive (docx)
  • L20 The Hundred Days Offensive 5 Minute History Documentary (mp4)
  • L20 Wwi Animation- Canada S Hundred Days August 1918 (mp4)
  • L21 Germany At The End Of Wwi (pptx)
  • L7 Bef (pptx)
  • L8 Comparing Sources On Trench Warfare (pptx)
  • L8 Comparing Sources On Trench Warfare (pdf)
  • L8 Trench Diagram To Label (pdf)
  • L8 Trench Diagram To Label (docx)
  • L8 Trench Warfare (pptx)
  • L8 Trench Warfare Source Activity (pdf)
  • L8 Trench Warfare Source Activity (pptx)
  • L9 Life In The Trenches (pdf)
  • L9 Life In The Trenches (doc)
  • L9 Reality Of Trench Warfare (ppt)