Debate, discussion and disagreement: a reassessment of the development of British tactical air power doctrine, 1919-1940

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    Abstract

    This article investigates the work conducted by the Royal Air Force (RAF) in the development of tactical air power in the inter-war period. It analyses the RAF’s theoretical doctrinal thinking during the period along with exercises conducted on a joint Service basis to further develop these ideas in practice. It will argue that, rather than neglecting tactical air power during this period as is the accepted view, much good theoretical work was done that formed a theoretical and intellectual basis for the further development of tactical air power in the light of operational experience during the Second World War.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)93-117
    JournalWar in History
    Volume28
    Issue number1
    Early online date5 Jul 2019
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 11 Jan 2021

    Keywords

    • Royal Air Force
    • tactical air power
    • British Army
    • interwar
    • doctrine
    • Battle of France, 1940

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