Day 4: Another World War
At the end of the 1930s, the world has been shaken
once more by the start of another World War (WWII).
World War Two started on the 1st of September, 1939 when
an army from Germany invaded a country called Poland. Two
days later, England and France declared war on Germany and
Activity 1: An Eventful Experience
WWII was made up of many battles and events.
Follow this link to read more about the timeline
Choose two key events and find out some more
information about what happened on those days.
On your blog, write a short summary of two events,
including the names of people involved and where
the event happened.
Two Key Events of WWII:
> 3rd of September, 1939
Britain, France, New Zealand and Australia declare
war on Germany:
On the 3rd September, 1939 Britain, France, Australia
and New Zealand declared war on Germany. But before
any of that happened 2 days ago Germany had invaded
Poland causing the attack from Britain, France, Australia
and New Zealand.
> 16th of January, 1941
Establishment of Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF):
On the 16th January, 1941 the establishment of the
Women’s Auxiliary Air Force was made. But later on
Tobruk in Libya goes to British and Australian troops.
Activity 2: A Call to Arms
Over the course of WWII, approximately 140,000
New Zealanders were sent overseas to serve in
the war. Many were sent to fight in huge battles,
including the Battle of the Atlantic that lasted for
2064 days (over 5 years)! The Battle of the Atlantic
came to an end in 1943, in large part due to the heroic
efforts of people like Lloyd Trigg, a pilot from New
Zealand. He was awarded a special medal from the
New Zealand Government for his bravery. It is called
a Victoria Cross (‘VC’ for short). A total of 22 New
Zealanders have been awarded VCs.
one from the Second World War, and read about him.
On your blog tell us about him. Who was he? What did
he do to earn a Victoria Cross medal?
Charles Hazlitt Upham:
Charles Upham was a man who was a soldier, and a
soldier who fought in the Second World War - WWII.
Not only he won a Victoria Cross medal, but he won
two of them. This was caused by his actions that led
him to become the only combat soldier to have one
the awards. He received his first one in Crete in May
1941 and his other one in Egypt in July 1942, meaning
he received a VC the next year later.
Bonus Activity: Women at Work
Both men and women served in World War II.
Many women chose to enlist as nurses and be
stationed overseas caring for wounded soldiers.
My nana was one of those nurses. She (Dorothy)
spent much of World War II working on a large
Red Cross ship that was stationed off the coast of
For this activity, you are going to imagine that you
are just like Dorothy and that you are working as a
nurse on a large medical ship.
One day you are walking along the deck of the ship
when you hear a loud bang.
You start to run as you see smoke coming from the
far end of the ship. You run towards the room where
your patients are waiting to receive treatment from the
doctor. Just as you arrive at the door to their room you
hear another loud bang and you…
Complete the story provided above. To earn full points
you must write, at least, 8-10 sentences. What happens
As I walk along the deck of the ship I hear a
loud bang. Boom! So I start to run but then I
see smoke coming from the far end of the ship
and continue to run towards the room where my
patients are; waiting to receive their treatment.
But just as I arrive at the door to which their room l
ays ahead I hear another loud bang. “Where could
the banging be coming from” says another nurse. “I
don’t know but we have to gather everybody into one
room and find out what is happening” I said nervously.
So I run as fast as I can to each room one by one telling
each person to get to the Patient's Room. Bang, Bang! I
tremble to the ground as the ship starts to rock, I see other
nurses crying trying to pull themselves up again but somehow
the ship just won’t stop. I get hold of the wall and pull myself,
“It’s time to figure this out” I say to myself but, Boooooooosh!
A gush of water comes flying into the ship but luckily I close the
doors in time. “Oh no! A nurse says “We’re all going to die aren’t
And that was the end of Dorothy and the Ship.