This presentation will review not only the basic story of the Battle of Britain,
but it will also cover the strategic context from the perspective of German
objectives, strategy, and indecisiveness, as well as from what Great Britain
faced. The "Battle" and its story became a propaganda triumph after the
battle ended. It has become a story of Herculean effort comparable in the
British mind to Trafalgar or the Somme.
– Roy Strausbaugh, Ph.D.
Roy Strausbaugh, Ph.D., D.Hu., served in the U.S. Navy and graduated from the Navy School of Music before going on to earn his doctoral degree from Case Western Reserve University in Modern European History, with his dissertation focused on German reparation payments and British policy at and after the Versailles Peace Conference. His career in higher education began at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1966, where he rose to the rank of tenured full professor and subsequently served as a dean and associate vice president until his retirement in 1993. Soon thereafter, he received an appointment at Mercyhurst University and served as a member of the faculty and as dean on several occasions over twenty years. For his lifetime of service in higher education, Thiel College granted him a doctorate in humanities, honoris causa. His civic involvement includes serving as the founding president of the Flagship Niagara League. He is currently Vice President of the Erie County Historical Society and the President of Meals on Wheels, Erie.