The Friendly Invasion - USAAF in East Anglia 1942-45

Ref: C2226691

The Friendly Invasion – the US Army Air Force in East Anglia. Author and aviation historian Ian McLachlan explores the combat history, cultural impact and legacy of the American presence during World War 2. This popular course is delivered in a friendly fashion but doesn't dodge the more sensitive issues surrounding the arrival of the USAAF - race relations; romance and crime. It also examines the subject of GI Brides and the enduring legacy of sacrifices shared and friendships created amidst conflict as the Americans sought to prove their daylight bombing strategy against British advice.

Course aim

To explore US air-power in Britain 1942-45. The social & cultural impact - establishing airfields & hospitals; aircraft - strategy & tactics; personal accounts of heroism & tragedies affecting families.

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 development of aircraft involved
  • 2 Examine Strategy & tactics – leadership & risk
  • 3 Examine & appreciate the Social & Cultural Impact.
  • 4 Explain the uniforms, flying apparel & equipment
  • 5 Examine artwork & aviation archaeology.

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
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

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

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The Friendly Invasion - USAAF in East Anglia 1942-45

Conditions

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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