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June 01, 2004

Dates and battles

And the virtue of computer strategy games. Recent tests suggest UK schoolchildren have lost the plot of D-Day.

It is 1899 and Denzel Washington, the American president, orders Anne Frank and her troops to storm the beaches of Nazi-occupied New Zealand.

This may not be how you remember D-Day but for a worrying number of Britain's children this is the confused scenario they associate with the events of June 6, 1944.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 1, 2004 08:40 AM

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Yes, but will people still rant about children "wasting" their time playing computer games? You bet.

I would be that certain types of historical games are more useful that much of what is taught in today's schools.

Posted by: Andrew Ian Dodge at June 1, 2004 10:50 AM