Answers for WW1 Web Quest



  1. He claims that all the major powers in Europe are increasing the amount of cavalry in their armies, and also spending more time training them in spite of the fact that cavalry is three times more costly to train and equip than infantry units.
  2. He believes that the cavalry, as some of the best-trained soldiers, can overwhelm inexperienced infantry with rifles during the heat of battle; he also claims that fatigue from marching, poor weather, and lack of food work to the cavalry’s advantage.  He claims that infantry troops do not receive enough training to provide them with the discipline they need to defeat veteran cavalry troops.
  3. Horses were not important in combat6.  They were used mainly for pulling heavy equipment such as artillery, suppl6y wagons, and ambulances.
  4. Answers will vary.
  5. Answers will vary but should express the idea that straight-on attacks like those used in the 19th century were easily mowed down by technically superior machine guns and artillery; armies adapted by utilizing trench warfare.
  6. Answers will vary.
  7. Situation with no potential winners/ answers will vary.



  1. Victory/ boost morale.
  2. Home front/ all citizens must do their part for the war effort.
  3. National emblems, flags, colors; other answers are possible.
  4. Graphics of military uniforms, equipment, etc.
  5. Influence citizens towards and against ideas, as well as pitching for the “cause”
  6. Answers will vary.
  7. Economic and social gains, e.g. nationalistic spirit, collection of scrap materials for the war effort, etc.
  8. Answers will vary.
  9. Answers will vary.
  10. Movies, newspapers, magazines, radio/ answers will vary.



  1. Respectful yet authoritative.
  2. Idea that “civilized” nations can conduct war under rules of [as is later stated in the letter] “fairness, reason, justice, and humanity, which all modern opinion regards as imperative.” / Germany violated this by establishing a “war zone” at sea in which all non-German ships will be sunk.
  3. Responses will vary but possibilities include loss of American lives, violation of the “sacred freedom of the seas,” use of military tactics Wilson considered “inhumane,” infringement of the “rights” of US shipmasters and citizens, the “destruction of commerce,” or undermining the accepted concept of neutrality in war.
  4. Germany promised them financial support, as well as territory in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona.
  5. Germany was using unrestricted submarine warfare to end the war swiftly.
  6. Territorial gains.
  7. Ships sunk, including Lusitania & Sussex/ Sussex Pledge.
  8. Answers will vary
  9. Answers will vary.