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Title: Example: WWII-Control the Air
Action: Show a series of different images that show the battle for air supremacy in WWI, also show the following bullets to hi-light points in the narration:
Voice: A more low-tech example of synergistic effect was demonstrated by the combined use of fighter and bomber aircraft during World War Two. American bombers attacked enemy aircraft production facilities as part of the campaign to achieve control of the air. Recognizing the threat posed by the bombers, Germany put its fighter force in the air to counter them. American fighters escorted the bombers to German aircraft-plant targets and destroyed the enemy aircraft that rose to attack the bombers. Freed from enemy fighter harassment, the bombers were more effective against the production sites than if they had flown alone. Additionally, the fighter-versus-fighter aerial engagements depleted the stockpile of German fighters. German fighters would generally decline engagements unless the high value bombers were present, so in a very real sense, the bombers made the fighters more effective. The effects of the combined fighter-bomber campaign were much greater than the effects of using the forces separately.
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