This brings us to the broad strokes of how this particular conflict was and is taught in German schools. Third, the war itself: Remarkably, the details of the fields of war are often underplayed in German schools. Of course, one downside of deemphasizing this is many German students are never really made aware of many specific military events and conquests. The result is, shockingly, that many German students are actually surprised to learn things like that Germans invaded places like (modern) Ukraine, (modern) Serbia, and Greece. Such examples allow German students to find figures from the war time with whom they can identify with.