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Lesson 1

Lesson Seed 1: History of the Blue and the Gray

 

Using primary sources, including “The Blue and the Gray Storms Normandy Shores” and the four pictures from Normandy, students will examine the history and background of the 29th Division—the group that led the assault on Omaha Beach.

The article will provide students with a timeline on the development of this Maryland and Virginia unit dating back to World War I. The 29th Division was mobilized in February of 1941 and began training for its involvement in the invasion of France.

Look at the following as it relates to the 29th:

 

  • Impact that the Depression had on enlistment and recruitment of men into the National Guard

 

  • Impact on individuals when a National Guard unit is called to active duty

 

  • Intense training received by the 29th while in England

 

  • Roles filled by individuals in the 29th, including engineers, artillery, infantry, and support troops

 

  • History of the "Blue/Gray" patch of the 29th symbolizing the unity between North and South

 

  • Experiences of the 29th at Normandy as chronicled in "Garcia"


 

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