Acquisitions

Well, actually, mostly review copies… I have to admit they are piling up so hopefully there will be flurry of reviews soon in various places.

Kristen Alexander, Australia’s Few and the Battle of Britain (Barnsley: Pen and Sword, 2015). Originally published in 2014 by NewSouth Publishing, a division of the University of New South Wales Press, in 2014, Pen and Sword have recently published what looks like a very through study a some of Australia’s few. A quick look at the references show that Alexander has done some thorough research on her subject; eight Australian pilots who served during the Battle of Britain. In modern Britain we tend to forget that we were much more than an island in 1940 and could draw on both the dominions and empire. Indeed, one interesting point i have already noted in Alexander’s book it here discussion of Australian citizenship. I am looking forward to reading this one. This is a review copy for my website.

John Andreas Olsen (ed.), Airpower Reborn: The Strategic Concepts of John Warden and John Boyd (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2015). A I mentioned here, Olsen is a prolific author and editor of volumes. This time Olsen and his contributors seeks to offer a new conceptual framework for warfare based on air power. As Olsen admits, early air power theorists advocated about its capabilities based on faith rather than empirical evidence. However, Oslen contends that this is no longer the case. In this book the contributors discuss the idea of strategic paralysis as air power’s key role in achieving strategic effect. Apart from Olsen, contributors to the volume are Peter Faber, Frans Osinga, John Warden III, Alan Stephens and Colin Gray. This is a review copy for The Aviation Historian.

Geoff Simpson, A History of the Battle of Britain Fighter Association: Commemorating the Few (Barnsley: Pen and Sword, 2015). Simpson is a journalist and Trustee of the Battle of Britain Historical Society. In this volume, Simpson charts the the history of the Battle of Britain Fighter Association and looks at its role in commemorating the battle. The book is based on the Association’s records, which are held by the Air Historical Branch. This could be a very interesting volume.

Anthony J. Cumming, The Battle for Britain: Interservice Rivalry between the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy, 1909-40 (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2015). Having reviewed Cumming’s first book, The Royal Navy and the Battle of Britain, it will be interesting to see what comes to light in this book. Given that this year is the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain, it is good to see new original works emerging. I stress original because it would be easy to drag out the same old assumptions about the battle. While I did not agree with everything Cumming’s argued in his first book, I did stress that its strength laid in the fact that it opened ‘up an interesting theme in the historiography of the Battle of Britain that needs further examination; what was the Battle of Britain and how it was won.’[1] New avenues of research is something that I hope is explored further in a conference that I am currently organising on the Battle of Britain at the RAF Museum in September. This is a review copy for The Mariner’s Mirror, which is the journal of The Society for Nautical Research.

[1] Ross Mahoney, ‘Review of Anthony J. Cumming, The Royal Navy and the Battle of Britain’, The Second World War Military Operations Research Group, 29 December 2012.

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2 responses to “Acquisitions

  1. Hello Ross, Perhaps you would consider my biography of James McCudden VC worthy of a review. Its title is The Happy Warrior and it’s available on Amazon.
    Alex Revell

  2. Alex,

    Apologies for the delayed reply. While I would like to review it, I am rather snowed under with reviews at the moment and so will have to pass. I hope the book does well.

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