About: Echoes of War

Welcome to the digital media experience (DME) "Echoes of War: Stories from the Big Red One." This live program and Web site explores the battles and lives of the men in the First Infantry Division during World War II.

As an educator, you play a vital role in guiding your students through this DME. On this site, you will find all of the resources you need: lesson plans, pictures, maps and video segments to use in your classroom; information on viewing and interacting with the live broadcast; and a discussion forum that will be facilitated by one of our partners - Norwich University's Military History Program - where you and your students can ask questions about the First Infantry Division and all other aspects of WWII.

"Echoes of War: Stories from the Big Red One" is more than just a television program; it is a digital media experience comprised of three components that work together to create a rich, in-depth educational experience for you and your students.


The Web site provides you with background materials to guide your students through "Echoes of War: Stories from the Big Red One." It also provides interactive content that enhances the television program.

Lesson Plans and Video Segments:

In conjunction with the live interactive TV program, we've developed a series of lesson plans to help you and your students gain valuable insight into World War II and the 1st Infantry Division. The plans, which are designed to be supplemental for in-class work, are easy for you to put together and implement. The plans include short video segments, PowerPoint slides and discussion questions that can be used at your discretion. They also conform to national and state educational standards.

Live Broadcast:

The program, which airs LIVE September 27, 2007 at 1pm and 8pm ET, (check your PBS local listings) will originate from the First Division Museum at Cantigny in Wheaton, IL, providing students the opportunity to ask questions of 1st Infantry Division veterans, Ball State University historians, and museum curators during the broadcast.

All of these components work together to create a rich, in-depth experience for you and your students! This is a truly a unique virtual classroom experience.