World War I Lecture Series: Bill Fischer, “The Realities of Great War Aviation?”


Thursday, September 18, 7:00 pm, Watkins Museum of History

Popular images of chivalrous World War I aviators, goggled with silk scarves flowing, were quite different from the dark reality of the skies above Europe. As the war stalemated across Western Europe and casualties began to mount, aviation became a critical component in planning and operations. This presentation explores how aviation became sophisticated and differentiated into aerial observation, bombardment, and pursuit.

William E. Fischer, Jr., is a military historian and retired Air Force officer. He currently serves as the site historian and maintains the staff research library for the Fort Scott National Historic Site in Fort Scott, Kansas.

The University of Kansas Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies (CREES) has been a national leader for the study of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe since 1959. The center is an active member of the KU WWI Centennial Commemoration coordinated by the European Studies Program.