This week, we moved on from analysing why the bombing campaign took the form it did and what it achieved to examining the experiences of those involved. Rather than concentrating on the experience of aircrew to start off with, I wanted to begin with looking at the far larger number of those who were involved with strategic bombing without actually flying planes over Germany. In particular, I wanted to highlight the role of RAF groundcrew and MAP factory workers, and to examine some of the implications of the sort of war Britain fought 1941-1944 for contemporary representations. Read the rest of this entry »
One of the areas I’ve tried to discuss as the course moves on is the way in which the bombing campaign was represented at the time. Below is one of the key films relating to this subject, the Crown Film Unit’s Target for Tonight (1941), in five youtube clips. Further details of the film can be found at screenonline. Again, think about what this film tells us both as a source on Bomber Command itself, and as a source on how it was represented. Bear in mind the situation the Command was in when the film was made, and its reception both within the RAF and amongst the general public. Those interested could read – K.R.M. Short ‘RAF Bomber Command’s Target for Tonight (1941)’, Historical Journal of Radio, Film and Television 17, 2, 1997.