The System that Saved the World…. Twice!

Canterbury Museum Friends Talk

This talk took place on 2 April 2019.

During both the First and Second World Wars the United Kingdom suffered sustained aerial bombardment from German forces. In both instances, the common conception today is that the enemy were fought off by brave young men in their magnificent flying machines. But was it really as simple as that?

HeinkelA German Heinkel He 111 bomber flying over the Isle of Dogs in the East End of London at the start of the Luftwaffe's evening raids on 7 September 1940, the first day of the Blitz. © IWM (C 5422)

Recent research suggests that complex systems of early warning, command and control underpinned by technology and strategy were the real reasons for the United Kingdom’s survival. That, and some significant contributions from New Zealanders! Daniel Stirland, former Curator of the Battle of Britain Bunker in London and now Curator Human History at Canterbury Museum, talks about his work in this area and discoveries at the United Kingdom’s National Archives that are changing perceptions of aerial warfare in the early twentieth century.

Places at this talk are limited so please register below if you are keen to attend.

This talk is hosted by the Friends of Canterbury Museum.

This talk took place on 2 April 2019.

2 April 2019 10.15 am – 11.15 am Register
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