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2 November 2023 - 1 December 2023


This course "examines the development of air power and strategy in the crucible of the two World Wars."  

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

  • Day 1:  Baptism of Fire and Crucible of Airpower Theory:  The Great War (2 November 2023)

    Lee Kennett     Obituary
    The First Air War:  1914-1918         Review

  • Day 2:  Billy Mitchell:  Crusader for Air Power (3 November 2023)

    William Mitchell    Biography
    Winged Defense:  The Development and Possibilities of Modern Air Power--Economic and Military     Review 
  • Day 3:  The Royal Air Force Experience (6 November 2023)

    Richard Overy    Biography  (click on Biography on the right hand side)
    RAF:  The Birth of the World's First Air Force      Review

    Wing Commander R.H.M.S. Saundby

    "Lecture:  Small Wars, with particular Reference to Air Control in Semi-Civilised Countries, 1936"  (Handout) 
  • Day 4:  The Air Corps Tactical School (7 November 2023)

    Philip Haun     Biography
    Lectures of the Air Corps Tactical School and American Strategic Bombing in World War II    Review

  • Day 5:  Shrinking the Globe (8 November 2023)

    Jenifer 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 6:  The Battle of Britain (9 November 2023)

    Stephen Bungay     Biography
    The Most Dangerous Enemy:  A History of the Battle of Britain     Interview     Review 

  • Day 7:  The Bomber Offensive:  Planning and Execution (13 November 2023)

    Tami Davis Biddle        Biography
    Rhetoric and Reality in Air Warfare     Review 

    John Andreas Olsen    Short Biography
    The Air War in Europe, 1939-1945     (Chapter from  Olsen's:  A History of Air Warfare    Review 1    Review 2 )

  • Day 8:  The Bomber Offensive:  The Target State (14 November 2023)

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

  • Day 9:  The Eastern Front:  The Greatest Air-Land Battle in History (16 November 2023)

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

  • Day 10:  The Pacific:  The Carrier War (17 November 2023)

    The Air War in the Pacific, 1941-1945  (Chapter in Olsen's:  A History of Air Warfare (Review in Day 7))

     Craig L. Symonds     Biography
    The Battle of Midway     Review 

  • Day 11:  The Pacific :  Before the Pivot (27 November 2023)

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

    Toshi Yoshihara    Biography
    "Chinese Lessons From the Pacific War:  Implications for PLA Warfighting"  (Handout)  (Click on "Download Pdf or "Read Full Publication" to read publication)

  • Day 12:  Trash Hauling and International Relations (28 November 2023)

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

  • Day 13:  World War II Reinterpreted? (30 November 2023)

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

  • Day 14:  (1 December 2023)

    James M. Scott     Biography
    Black Snow:  Curtis Lemay, the Firebombing of Tokyo, and the Road to the Atomic Bomb    Review

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