Battle Skies of East Anglia 1939-45

Ref: C2224368

Examine pre war politics – policy of appeasement and its failure; the fear of aerial bombardment - its affect on the civilian populace. Preparations for war and protecting the nation – development of the civilian services – Air Raid Precations; Observer Corps; Womens Voluntary Service. Strengthening the RAF – aircraft being introduced to defend the country (Spitfire/Hurricane/Defiant); the role and development of radar. Early defeat of the RAF daylight bombing offensive. Air raids on East Anglia – Baedeker/ Steinbock – tip & run raiders - and how the region contributed significantly to the burgeoning use of British airpower & the technological development required. The above wil be interspersed with human interest stories and learners will be encouraged to bring their own family stories and memories.

Course aim

To examine aviation events in East Anglia 1939-45 and the affect on local communities. To learn RAF & Luftwaffe history – airfields; radar; aircraft and personnel using human interest accounts.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • 1. Examine the political climate prevailing pre-war.
  • 2. Examine the problems Governments anticipated from the use of enemy air-power & how the country & region prepared for defence & protection.
  • 3. Explain how the enemy sought to defeat Britain by means of air power and the impact it had on local communities.
  • 4. Examine how East Anglia contributed to the ultimate success of the Allied aerial offensive.
  • 5. Explore use of aviation archaeology and human interest accounts to enhance understanding.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Battle Skies of East Anglia 1939-45


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