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SAASS Student Support AY23


Air University Library Course Support


22 August 2022 - 23 September 2022


"This course is a survey of air power history from its inception through the end of World War II and the dawn of the Nuclear Age."

Some materials listed below require access to subscription databases.  If you cannot gain access, contact your local library for availability.  AU students and faculty can contact the Library's Database Request Page for a password.

Internet Resources
Listed below is on-line information about books and their authors used in this course.

  • Day 1:  The First Air War  (22 August)

    John Andreas Olsen    Short Biography
    A History of Air Warfare    Review 1    Review 2

  • Day 2:  Interwar America (23 August)

    William Mitchell    Biography
    Our Air Force:  The Keystone of National Defense      Review
  • Day 3:  Shrinking the Globe (25 August)

    Jennifer Van Vleck    Biography  (click on "About the Author", also includes book description)
    Discussion about the book   (YouTube) (doesn’t work in .mil)
    Empire of the Air:  Aviation and the American Ascendancy     Review 1     Review 2 

  • Day 4:  Interwar Germany (26 August)

    James Corum     Biography   (Book description & scroll down for "About the Author")
    The Luftwaffe:  Creating the Operational Air War, 1918-1940     Review 1     Review 2 

  • Day 5:  The Battle of Britain (29 August)

    Stephen Bungay     Biography  (doesn’t work in .mil)
    The Most Dangerous Enemy:  A History of the Battle of Britain     Interview  (doesn’t work in .mil)   Review 

  • Day 6:  CBO:  Analysis (30 August)

    Tami Davis Biddle        Short Biography   (scroll down to "Author information")
    Rhetoric and Reality in Air Warfare     Review

  • Day 7:  Soviet Air Power (1 September)

    Ilya Grinberg     Biography
    Von Hardesty   Biography
    Red Phoenix Rising:  The Soviet Air Force in WWII        Book Description

  • Day 8:  The Target State (6 September)

    Adam Tooze     Biography
    The Wages of Destruction:  The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy     Review 1     Review 2  

  • Day 9:  Naval Air Power (8 September)

    Craig L. Symonds     Biography
    The Battle of Midway     Review

  • Day 10:  SW Pacific (9 September)

    Thomas E. Griffith    Biography
    MacArthur's Airman:  General George C. Kenney and the War in the Southwest Pacific     Review 1     Review 2 

  • Day 11:  The Hump (12 September)

    John D. Plating     Biography
    The Hump:  America's Strategy for Keeping China in World War II     Review 1     Review 2 

  • Day 12:  World War II Reinterpreted? (13 September) 

    Phillips P. O'Brien    Biography
    How the War was Won:  Air-Sea Power and Allied Victory in World War II     Review 

  • Day 13:  The Course Exam (15 September)
  • Day 14:  Staff Ride (16 September)

    Max Hastings     Biography
    Overlord:  D-Day and the Battle for Normandy    Review

  • SAASS Field Practicum  (19-23 September)

    The Resistance in Western Europe, 1940-1945 

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