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How were robots used during WWII?

The goliath tracked mine was developed by Germany for use beginning in 1942. Goliath operators used a joystick control box connected by 2,000 yards of wire to steer the battery powered device. Carrying over 200 pounds of high explosives, the device was intended for one-time use including destroying enemy tanks, disrupting troop formations, and demolishing structures. Slow moving and highly visible Goliath’s command cables were often severed by Allied gunfire and its thin armor provided minimal protection during battle. Despite its limited success, technology used to develop the Goliath helped to lay the foundation for modern robotics.

Pictured: US Navy men examine captured Goliath tracked mine on Normandy beach. 17 June 1944. Gift of Charles Ives, 2011.102.152

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Coloring Sheet Crossword Puzzle Maze


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Student Travel – WWII Educational Tours
High school and college students, learn the leadership principles that helped win WWII on a trip to France or during a weeklong residential program in New Orleans. College credit is available, and space is limited.

See You Next Year! HS Yearbooks from WWII
Collected from across the United States, the words and pictures of these yearbooks present a new opportunity to experience the many challenges, setbacks and triumphs of the war through the eyes of America’s youth.

The Victory Gardens of WWII
Visit the Classroom Victory Garden Project website to learn about food production during WWII, find lesson plans and activities for elementary students, get tips for starting your own garden and try out simple Victory Garden recipes!

The Science and Technology of WWII
Visit our new interactive website to learn about wartime technical and scientific advances that forever changed our world. Incorporates STEM principles to use in the classroom.

Kids Corner: Fun and Games!
Make your own propaganda posters, test your memory, solve puzzles and more! Learn about World War II and have fun at the same time.

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