Bomber Command and Political Warfare, 1939-1945: The Missing Dimension

Discussion in 'WW2 Museums. Events, & places to see.' started by mahross, Dec 16, 2014.

  1. mahross

    mahross Senior Member

    I am pleased to announce that the RAF Museum is launching its own series of events to support its Research Programme in 2015 (A copy of the programme can be downloaded below). A key element of this is the launch of The Trenchard Lectures in Air Power Studies. These lectures, held in conjunction with the Royal Aeronautical Society and the University of Wolverhamptonm, will explore historical and contemporary issues in the field of air power studies. There will be six evening lectures a year and they are split between the museum's two sites (Hendon and Cosford). However, please note that they will not be held at the museums themselves but rather at the HQ of the Royal Aeronautical Society for the London lectures and at the University of Wolverhampton for the Cosford talks.

    The first lecture, on 19 February 2015, will be delivered by Professor Richard Overy who will talk on 'Bomber Command and Political Warfare, 1939-1945: The Missing Dimension'

    Talk Outline:

    [SIZE=11pt]Among the many things Bomber Command was asked to do, its role in assisting British political warfare has been largely neglected by historians. Yet the 1.5 billion leaflets and newspapers dropped over Europe during the war, as part of a protracted campaign of political propaganda was only possible because of the co-operation of Bomber Command. The lecture examines the origins and course of the airborne propaganda offensive and the close relations that eventually emerged between the Air Ministry and the Political Warfare Executive. Both had an interesting in breaking German morale and both saw the bomb and the leaflet as complementary weapons in the campaign to undermine the enemy war effort. Despite Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Harris's opposition, the operational effort was entirely in the hands of Bomber Command and was sustained right down to the last weeks of the war.[/SIZE]

    Location and Time:

    Please note that this lecture will be held at the Headquarters of the Royal Aeronautical Society at No. 4 Hamilton Place, London W1J 7BQ at 18:00PM on Thursday 19 February 2015.


    This lecture is free of charge however we do ask that you pre-book a free ticket as seats are limited. Booking is quick and easy, we just need some basic contact information.


    Any questions then please just ask.


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  2. Drayton

    Drayton Senior Member

    Arthur Harris was controversially known as both 'Butcher Harris' and 'Bomber Harris', but I am not sure that referring to him as 'Sir Harris' helps.

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