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Title: Trenchard’s Impact

Action: Another portrait of Trenchard appears screen left while the following header and bullet points appear on the bottom right of the screen, overlaying a graphic of a World War 1 era plane. Following is the text of the pop-up boxes:

Trenchard’s influence on:

Influence on the British Royal Air Force (RAF): Influence on the United States: Influence on World War Two:
Once the Battle of Britain was over, the RAF returned to is preference for strategic attack but was assisted in doing so by the political leadership. From June 1941 onward, a major concern was keeping the USSR in the war against Hitler. Stalin complained about the absence of a second front, which did not become possible until the invasion of Africa in 1942—or in Stalin’s eyes not until OVERLORD in June 1944. In any event, the Combined Bomber Offensive against Germany from June 1941 until November 1942 was the only way that the allies could attempt to prove their commitment to help the USSR in the defeat of Hitler. We cannot know exactly how much impact this had on Stalin’s thought. Even more imponderable was the impact on the German people. One of the declared goals of the allies in World War II was the extermination of German militarism. Since the burning of Dresden, pacifism had been as strong in Germany as anywhere else in Europe and that outcome might have come from experience.

Voice: Trenchard’s theories regarding airpower had a significant impact on many nations during his time. Trenchard and Mitchell were contemporaries that shared many similar views. Mitchell often pointed to the Royal Flying Corps as a model for independent airpower. Roll your cursor over the bullets to view more information on the impact of Trenchard’s theories.

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