Inter- and intra-service rivalries in the Battle of the Atlantic

Duncan Redford

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This article considers disputes the Royal Navy and Coastal Command had with Bomber Command, the Air Staff and supporters of strategic bombing over what was the ‘proper’ use of air power. The disputes centred on the provision of air support for the anti-submarine campaign in the Battle of the Atlantic. This article will argue that the balance was too much in favour of strategic bombing at the expense of the security of the Atlantic convoys, but that when corporate culture and grand strategy are considered, the reasoning behind such an imbalance becomes easier to comprehend.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)899-928
Number of pages30
JournalThe Journal of Strategic Studies
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009


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