RAF Museum Trenchard Lecture in Air Power Studies – Aerial Defeat? The Royal Air Force and the Luftwaffe in Operation DYNAMO, the 1940 evacuation of Dunkirk

Harry Raffal of the University of Hull will discuss the role of the RAF during Operation DYNAMO, the evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940. TALK OUTLINE The success of Operation DYNAMO has tended to obscure the criticism the RAF faced from both soldiers and naval personnel involved in the evacuation. The hostility towards the RAF was … Continue reading RAF Museum Trenchard Lecture in Air Power Studies – Aerial Defeat? The Royal Air Force and the Luftwaffe in Operation DYNAMO, the 1940 evacuation of Dunkirk

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Public Lecture – Air Power, Combined Operations and the Gallipoli Campaign, 1915

[Cross posted from the RAF Museum] I will be presenting a lecture on ‘Air Power, Combined Operations and the Gallipoli Campaign, 1915’ as part of the Royal Air Force Museum’s First World War in the Air Lunchtime Lectures. TALK OUTLINE The Gallipoli Campaign of 1915 remains shrouded in the Anzac myth related to the role … Continue reading Public Lecture – Air Power, Combined Operations and the Gallipoli Campaign, 1915

Writing and Publishing…

The last couple of weeks have seen me working furiously on a couple of projects that will now come, hopefully, to fruition. Well it had to happen eventually. I have just signed the contract for my first book. It is an edited collection based on a symposium that I co-organised at the Centre for War … Continue reading Writing and Publishing…

Acquisitions

Anthony Cummings, The Royal Navy and the Battle of Britain (Naval Institute Press, 2010) - This book will help to stir the hornet's nest in this the 70th Anniversary of the battle. It is based on the authors PhD thesis from the University of Plymouth. While it is a good read I already have some … Continue reading Acquisitions

‘Amphibious Warfare from Gallipoli to the Falklands’

[Cross-posted at Birmingham "On War"] Some information on an event I will be involved with in October. A Study Day on 'Amphibious Warfare from Gallipoli to the Falklands' Saturday 30th October 2010 Organised by the Battlefields Trust in collaboration with the Queen's Lancashire Regiment Museum, at the Fulwood Barracks, Watling Street Road, Preston PR2 8AA … Continue reading ‘Amphibious Warfare from Gallipoli to the Falklands’

Some Qualitative Observations of Air Power at Dieppe…

One of things I looked at in the course of my research was the contemporary qualitative view of the effectiveness of Air Power over Dieppe. This was easily classified into fours areas; political, command, operational and German views of the raid. At an operational level a useful source was the Canadian Military Headquarters Historical Reports … Continue reading Some Qualitative Observations of Air Power at Dieppe…

Some Concluding thoughts…

Here are some of my general thoughts on the effectiveness of the RAF during the raid on Dieppe. If I was to pull out one general point it would be that unlike what Mountbatten argued i.e that Dieppe provided vital lessons for OVERLORD, for the RAF Dieppe is one pillar of development that feeds in … Continue reading Some Concluding thoughts…

Submitting my Thesis

Well I am almost at that time. In actual fact I am about two and a half weeks away from when I need to submit even though I still need to finish the conclusion. This isn't as bad as it seems as I finish work on Friday so I have got time to get it done.  … Continue reading Submitting my Thesis

Raiding as an Intruder Strategy, 1942-1943

Another section of my thesis. This concentrates of the efficacy of the policy of using raids as the basis of the the intruder startegy. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The perceived success of Operation JUBILEE would lead to the belief that raids would bring the Luftwaffe to fight, therefore, producing the means to battle them for air superiority over … Continue reading Raiding as an Intruder Strategy, 1942-1943