The West Point History of World War II course on iTunes U features
the incredible West Point History of World War II, Volume 1 enhanced
digital book, which can be purchased here:
animated maps, interactive timelines, 3-D imagery, custom artwork, and
digital timelines, we have created the future of the past.
The West Point History of World War II, we are sharing with you a
portion of the two-semester History of the Military Art (MilArt) course
that all cadets take as seniors. Cadet George S. Patton Jr. took MilArt
in 1909 and Cadet Dwight D. Eisenhower took the course in 1915. Norman
Schwarzkopf took the course in 1956 and future leaders are taking it as
you read this.
At West Point, we don’t base
our instruction on lectures. Instead we teach using the Thayer Method,
named after Colonel Sylvanus Thayer who served as superintendent from
1817–1833 and who we call the “Father of the Military Academy.” Thayer
believed in small classes where cadets were responsible for their
education. Cadets today are also expected to come to class prepared to
discuss the assignment.
While we can’t
replicate that here, instructors share the questions that form the basis
of each class. The best questions have no clear cut answers. Those are
the questions we look for to drive classroom discussion.
invite you to see World War II the way cadets at West Point see it. We
have taught World War II to cadets continuously since 1943, long before
the war was even over. While understanding World War II is vital for
future officers, an informed citizen, even if he or she deplores war,
should know about a subject that shapes who we are in the most elemental
Understanding war makes for better
citizens: men and women who can help their elected leaders make sound
choices the next time the nation is called to arms, or hold them to
account at the ballot box if they do not.
views presented here do not necessarily reflect the position of the
United States Military Academy, the U.S. Army, or the Department of