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Action: The screen begins with an image of a bombing raid in WWII, showing several bombers flying above the clouds.:
Voice: AWPD-1 was the air annex to the overall war plan requested by President Roosevelt in 1941. However, Hal George and his planners went beyond the original request for a list of air resources needed for a war against the axis powers.
Action: The background image fades and the following header appears along the top of the screen:
AWPD-1—Blueprint for Strategic Air Warfare
Voice: Instead, the group turned AWPD-1 into a blueprint for strategic air warfare in Europe.
Action: Show the following bullets as they are mentioned:
Voice: The plan grudgingly provided for hemispheric defense, if necessary, and support for a cross-channel invasion of Europe, again, if necessary. The true aim of the plan was to conduct a strategic air campaign against Germany that was based on the concepts of employment first developed at the Air Corps Tactical School in the 1930s. Central to the plan was the concept of high altitude, daylight, precision bombardment against the enemy’s will and ability to wage war. With necessary equipment and support, the planís authors felt that Germany would collapse in six months.
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