Aerial Warfare in WWW1 - from aircraft design to Zeppelin raids!

Ref: C2225109

In an interesting and lively manner, the workshop will educate and make Learners aware of the developments in aviation prior to and during World War One both over the Western Front and at home. It examines British unpreparedness for aerial warfare and how rivalries between elements of the Armed Forces handicapped the nation’s capabilities.We explore Zeppelin assaults, the impact of air raids on communities in the region and the initial inadequacies of British defences plus subsequent developments that overcame the “menace”. We examine the contribution of the “munitionettes” – women workers producing aircraft and components creating a “centre of excellence” in the region. The role of East Anglia in fighting the U-boat threat is also covered along with stories of air aces on both sides. The workshop contains a wealth of human interest account interwoven with the bigger picture.

Course aim

To provide an outline of aerial warfare in World War One covering combat over the trenches and Zeppelin raids on England plus the work of the munitionettes in aircraft manufacturing.

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. Recognise the contribution of aviation during World War One.
  • 2. Appreciate the development of aircraft 1914-18 and the roles they performed
  • 3. Assess the roles and contribution of the women working in the aircraft industry.
  • 4. Recognise the effect of Zeppelin raids on the populace and know how Zeppelins were defeated.

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
  • Family research.

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Aerial Warfare in WWW1 - from aircraft design to Zeppelin raids!


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