January Lecture 2020

“Was the RAF Ready for War in 1939?”

Thursday 16th January 2020

Lecture Starts at 7.30 pm
Speaker: Greg Baughen

Location: Lecture Theatre ‘0’, Cambridge University Engineering Department, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1PZ.


The early 20th century was a time of dramatic change in military technology and thinking. The arrival of the internal combustion engine had triggered the development of revolutionary weapons, chief among them the tank and the aircraft. Could these new weapons win wars? How would future wars be fought? Had Britain started to prepare for war too late?  Was the RAF preparing for the right war?