ERIC Number: ED361256
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May
German Eagle vs. Russian Bear: A World War II Russian Front Boardgame Kit. Second Edition.
Coatney, Louis R.
This military history board game can be used as an extracurricular, extra credit, or classroom incentive project. The game serves to quantify an historical event so that it enriches the study of history for both verbally and mathematically inclined students. Although most suitable for eighth grade and above, the game may be played by some younger students. The game is basically a two player strategic simulation game modeling the historical decision making situations of the Axis and Soviet commands on the Russian front from the time of the Nazi invasion in 1941 to the liberation of Soviet territory in 1944. Team play can be educational as players struggle to resolve or coordinate differences in ability, resources, and strategic planning. Short hour-long scenarios depicting critical phases of the War can be used. Suggestions are given for inexperienced, as well as more experienced, players. A key element of the game is an analysis and results form that allows students to analyze and understand the historical situation and their own decision making reaction. The game is effective for teaching social studies because it gives students a basic knowledge of geography and the climate of an historically significant area. Play can start at several different dates. Science or military history classes can use the game to learn about strategy. Game instructions include a comment regarding the tragedy of the Second World War that must be emphasized to players in spite of the fact that the simulation is designed as a highly absorbing game. (DK)
Descriptors: Curriculum Enrichment, Decision Making, Educational Games, European History, Foreign Countries, History Instruction, Instructional Materials, Learning Activities, Secondary Education, Simulation, World War II
Louis R. Coatney, 626 Western Avenue, Macomb, IL 61455.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Creative Works; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Students; Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Germany; USSR