‘It’s a pilots air force’: Air Force Culture and Military Effectiveness in a Disruptive World

On 21 May 2018, I will be presenting at the fourth Sir James Rowland Air Power Seminar at UNSW Canberra. The Rowland seminars are a joint endeavour between the Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society at UNSW and the Royal Australian Air Force’s Air Power Development Centre. The seminar is designed … Continue reading ‘It’s a pilots air force’: Air Force Culture and Military Effectiveness in a Disruptive World

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Second World War Research Group Blog Posts

While I have been quiet of late on my website, that does not mean I have been idle elsewhere. As mentioned here, I am an Assistant Director of the Second World War Research Group, and one of our regular activities is the organisation of an annual conference. In 2017, the theme for our conference was … Continue reading Second World War Research Group Blog Posts

Interview with Group Captain Leonard Cheshire

The RAF Centre for Air Power Studies continues to make available interviews that have been conducted over the years at the RAF Staff College. In this video, Group Captain Tony Mason interviews Group Captain Leonard Cheshire, Baron Cheshire. At this point, Mason was Director of Defence Studies and conducted a number of these interviews including … Continue reading Interview with Group Captain Leonard Cheshire

Interviews with Group Captain Sir Hugh Dundas and Wing Commander Roland Beamont

The RAF Centre for Air Power Studies has just posted up a couple of interesting interviews on YouTube with Group Captain Sir Hugh Dundas and Wing Commander Roland Beamont. These were interviewed at the RAF Staff College at Bracknell in the early 1990s. It was not unusual to have after-dinner speakers at Bracknell, and it … Continue reading Interviews with Group Captain Sir Hugh Dundas and Wing Commander Roland Beamont

Review Article – Air Power in Technicolour

[Cross-posted from From Balloons to Drones] John Dibbs and Tony Holmes, Spitfire: The Legend Lives On. Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 2016. Foreword. Images. Appendices. Bibliography. Index. Hbk. pp. 224. John Dibbs, Tony Holmes and Gordon Riley, Hurricane: Hawker’s Fighter Legend. Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 2017. Foreword. Images. Appendix. Bibliography. Index. Hbk. pp. 256. John Dibbs, Kent Ramsey … Continue reading Review Article – Air Power in Technicolour

Introducing the Second World War Research Group

[Cross-posted from the Second World War Research Group] Editorial Note: As well as setting up From Balloons to Drones, one of the other projects that have kept me busy recently has been the Second World War Research Group. I previously convened The Second World War Military Operations Research Group, which last year merged with the … Continue reading Introducing the Second World War Research Group

From Balloons to Drones – Call for Contributors

Editorial Note: One of these reason that there have been a lack of updates to my own website is that last year I started a new website devoted to the study of air power. From Balloons to Drones is an online platform that seeks to provide analysis and debate about air power history, theory, and … Continue reading From Balloons to Drones – Call for Contributors

RAF Museum Trenchard Lecture in Air Power Studies – The Expansion of the Royal Indian Air Force in World War II, 1939-46

In this lecture, Aashique Iqbal will explore the expansion of the Royal Indian Air Force during the Second World War. TALK OUTLINE The establishment in 1933 of the Indian Air Force (IAF) was a consequence of the colonial Government of India’s policy of handing Indians token military control to forestall popular calls for greater Indian … Continue reading RAF Museum Trenchard Lecture in Air Power Studies – The Expansion of the Royal Indian Air Force in World War II, 1939-46

‘Integrating’ the Italian Air Force after the Armistice

[Cross posted From Balloons to Drones] If there is one description of the multi-national and cosmopolitan composition of Allied forces in the Mediterranean theatre during the Second World War, it is ‘complex.’ This comment may seem obvious at first; however, were there not only British and American troops in the theatre but also forces from … Continue reading ‘Integrating’ the Italian Air Force after the Armistice

RAF Museum Trenchard Lecture in Air Power Studies – France under Friendly Bombs, 1940-1945

On 9 March, Professor Andrew Knapp examines the Allied bombing campaign against targets in France during the Second World War. TALK OUTLINE Studies of the Allied strategic bombing offensive during the Second World War have tended, logically, to focus on the main target, Germany. Yet, over one in every five bombs dropped by the Allies … Continue reading RAF Museum Trenchard Lecture in Air Power Studies – France under Friendly Bombs, 1940-1945