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The RAF in 1945 - introduction

This video - and the next two - allow us to consider the RAF at the end of the Second World War.

In this video, and the one after, we wanted to consider:

  • The status of the RAF in 1945;
  • its scope of operations;
  • and demobilization.

The questions we started out with were:

  1. After six years of war, how would we describe the status of the RAF – how had its role developed?
  2. Did the RAF in 1945 have an inkling of the coming Cold War and the threat from the Soviets?
  3. How extensive was the field of operation – the British Empire and beyond?

Each of the video steps in this course will feature a series of questions that we intend to answer in our filmed discussion. Please feel free to use the comments to share your own thoughts on these questions. Do you agree or disagree? Is there anything that doesn’t make sense? However, these questions were intended as our starting points, and the discussion on the video will be around them.

We will be looking at the discussions and responding where we can – but we also encourage you to respond to comments made by other learners. Remember, you can “like” comments you agree with, and “follow” learners that you find interesting.

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