Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2
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D-Day was a real turning point in the Second World War and one that deserves as much recognition as possible. While a great many poor souls perished during the fighting, D-Day was also a great accomplishment in the war against Nazi Germany. It also feels increasingly distant for many young people with the 67th anniversary having just passed last week.
So it's good to see modern technology like the interactive eBook D-Day 1944 setting out to make the subject that bit more interesting to students and other people with an interest in the topic.
The app offers a series of different ways of interacting with the subject matter. There's an in-depth text description of the events that happened that day along with also an audio commentary for users who would rather listen to the tale of the 'longest day'. Descriptions of battles are detailed and there's also a step by step re-enactment of the key phases of the battle. Animations serve to make the battle more enticing, especially to younger students in need of constant activity to keep interested.
There's also a Quiz section to test users on what they've learnt although this is relatively simple, as well as a basic explanation of soldiers and tanks. Everything there is a little surface level admittedly but in much the same way as a book for middle school or younger children would be.
D-Day 1944 is a little simplistic once users get past the animated battle layouts and descriptive element but it still serves as a great tool to encourage children into learning more about this very important subject. For the adult history fan, it's probably a little too basic to be worth the asking price but for dipping a toe into the historical event, it's ideal.