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In 1919, the leaders of the victorious nations met at Versailles to make a peace settlement. The French bore the brunt of attacks on the Western Front and wanted to keep Germany weak. The British thought that this might lead to trouble later on but finally the Germans were forced to accept a harsh settlement. They had to hand over their navy to Britain and the US, they were forbidden from manufacturing heavy guns, tanks or aircraft, their army was reduced, their territory and empire were reduced and they were forbidden from keeping troops in the Rhineland. On top of this, Germany faced reparation payments.
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16 March 2007

Classroom Ideas

This clip could be used to introduce or recap the terms of the Treaty of Versailles. Students could be asked to view the clip and then work within a pair to recall as many of the terms of the treaty. Students could use the content to create their own version of the Treaty of Versailles. Sketches and icons could be used in this task to enhance the recall skills of visual learners.

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