2016 in Review

Under the trove of popular works published about military aviation – some of which are splendid – there have been a couple of significant works published in 2016 that have added to the field of air power studies. First up is Matthew Powell’s The Development of British Tactical Air Power, 1940-1943. While I have yet … Continue reading 2016 in Review

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Book Review – Intelligence and Anglo-American Air Support in World War Two: The Western Desert and Tunisia, 1940-43

[Cross posted at Birmingham "On War"] Brad Gladman, Intelligence and Anglo-American Air Support in World War Two: The Western Desert and Tunisia, 1940-43. London: Palgrave, 2009. Maps. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Cloth. pp. 252 Brad Gladman’s work represents an important addition to the historiography of tactical air power development in both the Royal Air Force and … Continue reading Book Review – Intelligence and Anglo-American Air Support in World War Two: The Western Desert and Tunisia, 1940-43

Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History 2011

I had some good news today. I heard that my paper, part of a panel proposal entitled 'A New (?) Way of War: Reflections on the 100th Anniversary of the Airplane‟s Wartime Debut', had been excepted for this years Society for Military History conference. I am very pleased as this is a major international conference … Continue reading Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History 2011

No. 2 Squadron SAAF – 23rd March 1943

I have been busy the last few days hence the lack of posts on this project. Thankfully I am not doing it in 'real time' to the event so it is not a major issue. Here is the entry for 23 March. "BOMBING HIGHLY SATISFACTORY". This message, transmitted back from Army Headquarters, was expression of … Continue reading No. 2 Squadron SAAF – 23rd March 1943

A Case Study in Army-Air Force Co-Operation

My post blogging of the Battle for the Mareth Line, which I have fallen behind with, was based upon research I had done in preperation for a conference I attended last year. I have been playing around with word press and I have just realised I can upload PowerPoint so I thought I would upload … Continue reading A Case Study in Army-Air Force Co-Operation

No. 2 Squadron SAAF – 21st March 1943

Here is the second post for operations on 21 March. Eleven of our pilots were early on the job this morning when they took the air shortly before eleven o'clock. They were flying as close cover to 18 Bostons who were to bomb a road in the enemy lines, and they were led by Lt.Col. … Continue reading No. 2 Squadron SAAF – 21st March 1943

No. 2 Squadron SAAF – 20th March 1943

Here is the first entry from the Squadrons ORB. At this time the Squadron was equipped with Cutiss Kittyhawks. Operations started with a rush to-day, the squadron acting as close, medium and top cover to the light bombers in consecutive operations. There were 32 sorties and a total of some 48 hours operational flying. Good … Continue reading No. 2 Squadron SAAF – 20th March 1943

Post-Blogging the Battle of the Mareth Line – Introduction

Inspired by Brett Holman's experiment of post-blogging the Sudeten Crisis I have decided to have a go at some thing similar, albeit over a much smaller time frame. I am going to post about the experience of No. 2 Squadron SAAF during the Battle for the Mareth Line in late March 1942. I am doing … Continue reading Post-Blogging the Battle of the Mareth Line – Introduction

Gallipoli, Combined Operations and Air Power

Just a bit that I have been working on lately for my thesis. This is part of my attempt to place air power and combined operations in its historical context and explain where the thinking on air powers use in the type of operation came from. Comments always welcomed and wanted. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The experience of … Continue reading Gallipoli, Combined Operations and Air Power

The Development of RAF Air Power in North Africa – Conclusion

Here is the conclusion to my work on the RAF's Desert Air Force. The other two parts can be seen here and here. Much of the conclusion is derived from secondary literary sources notable work about Rommel, Montgomery and Conningham. It would be interesting to one day to dig a bit further and assess the … Continue reading The Development of RAF Air Power in North Africa – Conclusion