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Air Control

Priya Satia

in Spies in Arabia: The Great War and the Cultural Foundations of Britain's Covert Empire in the Middle East

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195331417
eISBN:
9780199868070
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331417.003.0008
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter describes the surveillance technology the British devised, initially in Iraq, as a result of their conspiracy obsessions. The panoptical ambitions of “air control” followed from wartime ... More


The Empire of the Air

Patrick Deer

in Culture in Camouflage: War, Empire, and Modern British Literature

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199239887
eISBN:
9780191716782
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239887.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Chapter 2 traces the literary response to the seductive futurist appeal and colonialist genealogy of air power in two World Wars. After the Great War, the “empire of the air” was celebrated as a ... More


Brothers in Arms: The Admiralty, the Air Ministry, and the Battle of the Atlantic

Tim Benbow

in Decision in the Atlantic: The Allies and the Longest Campaign of the Second World War

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781949668001
eISBN:
9781949668018
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9781949668001.003.0005
Subject:
History, Military History

During the Second World War, there were intense disputes between the Admiralty and the Air Ministry over the provision of air support for the Battle of the Atlantic. This was not mere inter-service ... More


Eden and the Policy of Strategic Expediency 1955–1956

John Baylis

in Ambiguity and Deterrence: British Nuclear Strategy 1945-1964

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198280125
eISBN:
9780191684357
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198280125.003.0008
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

This chapter describes the opposing statements and propositions about the British nuclear methodologies during the mid-1950s, which happened to be under Prime Minister Anthony Eden's rule. Such ... More


The Flyer: British Culture and the Royal Air Force 1939–1945

Martin Francis

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199277483
eISBN:
9780191699948
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199277483.001.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Cultural History

Between 1939 and 1945, the British public was spellbound by the martial endeavours and dashing style of the young men of the RAF, especially those with silvery fabric wings sewn above the breast ... More


“Doomed to Failure”

Daniel F. Harrington

in Berlin on the Brink: The Blockade, the Airlift, and the Early Cold War

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780813136134
eISBN:
9780813136837
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813136134.003.0006
Subject:
History, European Modern History

Past authors argue the Western powers quickly adopted an “airlift strategy” to defeat the blockade. Exploring the airlift’s early limits, Chapter 5 disputes this contention. The airlift began as a ... More


‘How Are You to Succeed without Causing Losses’? 1 Doctrine and Organization, 1919–1939

David French

in Raising Churchill’s Army: The British Army and the War against Germany 1919-1945

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199246304
eISBN:
9780191697562
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199246304.003.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Military History

This chapter examines the doctrine and organization of the British Army during the period from 1919 to 1939. During this period, the General Staff's doctrinal thinking relied on the notion that when ... More


The Limits of Dependency: American Aircraft in Action, 1940–2

Gavin J. Bailey

in The Arsenal of Democracy: Aircraft Supply and the Evolution of the Anglo-American Alliance, 1938-1942

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780748647477
eISBN:
9780748693801
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748647477.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter examines the extent of contemporary British dependency on American supplies. It shows that far from ending British supply problems, the nature and complexity of the problems involved in ... More


Manpower Mobilization for the Indian Armed Forces: 1939–45

Kaushik Roy

in India and World War II: War, Armed Forces, and Society, 1939–45

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780199463534
eISBN:
9780199087181
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199463534.003.0002
Subject:
History, Military History

In terms of size, the Indian Army was much larger than its two sister services: the Royal Indian Navy and the Royal Indian Air Force. Besides ideological (martial race theory), several ... More


Beating the Bounds: The Growth of British Desert Administration

Robert S. G. Fletcher

in British Imperialism and ‘the Tribal Question’: Desert Administration and Nomadic Societies in the Middle East, 1919-1936

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780198729310
eISBN:
9780191796210
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198729310.003.0003
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Middle East History

This chapter accounts for the growth of the bureaucratic arrangements and military forces that made up desert administration in Egypt, Trans-Jordan, and Iraq, and argues for their centrality in ... More


Spitfire of Dreams: The First of the Few (1942)

S. P. MacKenzie

in The Battle of Britain on Screen: 'The Few' in British Film and Television Drama

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748623891
eISBN:
9780748651276
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623891.003.0011
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

As soon as it was clear that the Luftwaffe had been comprehensively defeated in the daylight battles over England in August and September 1940, and the threat of invasion thereby averted, film ... More


The Big Picture: The Battle of Britain (1969)

S. P. MacKenzie

in The Battle of Britain on Screen: 'The Few' in British Film and Television Drama

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748623891
eISBN:
9780748651276
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623891.003.0014
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

By the end of the 1950s, it was increasingly obvious that watching television at home was supplanting going out to the cinema as a prime recreational habit for young and old in Britain. This, in ... More


Introduction

Martin Francis

in The Flyer: British Culture and the Royal Air Force 1939–1945

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199277483
eISBN:
9780191699948
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199277483.003.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Cultural History

This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of the dearth of studies on place of the flyer in British culture during the Second World War, despite the fact that the existing literature on the ... More


On the Partiality of Total War

Paul K. Saint-Amour

in Tense Future: Modernism, Total War, Encyclopedic Form

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780190200947
eISBN:
9780190200978
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190200947.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Chapter 1 uncovers the first uses of the expression “la guerre totale” in 1916 and tracks the concept forward through interwar air power theory to present-day military historiography. Showing ... More


All for One: Reach for the Sky (1956)

S. P. MacKenzie

in The Battle of Britain on Screen: 'The Few' in British Film and Television Drama

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748623891
eISBN:
9780748651276
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623891.003.0013
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Stories about World War II were among the most bankable subjects for film-makers in the 1950s, particular subjects becoming especially attractive if they had already achieved success in print. This ... More


The View from the Top: Winston Churchill, British Grand Strategy, and the Battle of the Atlantic

Christopher M. Bell

in Decision in the Atlantic: The Allies and the Longest Campaign of the Second World War

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781949668001
eISBN:
9781949668018
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9781949668001.003.0003
Subject:
History, Military History

This chapter by Christopher M. Bell examines how Winston Churchill's approach to the Battle of the Atlantic was shaped by the demands of British grand strategy. His preference for offensive ... More


Dresden

Neil James Mitchell

in Democracy's Blameless Leaders: From Dresden to Abu Ghraib, How Leaders Evade Accountability for Abuse, Atrocity, and Killing

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814761441
eISBN:
9780814763377
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814761441.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

This chapter examines the mass killing in Dresden. On the night of February 13, 1945, the incendiary and other bombs dropped from about eight hundred Lancaster and Halifax bombers of the Royal Air ... More


The Battle Foretold: The Lion Has Wings (1939)

S. P. MacKenzie

in The Battle of Britain on Screen: 'The Few' in British Film and Television Drama

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748623891
eISBN:
9780748651276
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623891.003.0010
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

As well as being a central feature of the popular mythology that grew up around World War II, the Battle of Britain must rank among the most widely anticipated events of the twentieth century. Anyone ... More


From Defeat to Victory: Burma, January 1942–August 1945

Kaushik Roy

in India and World War II: War, Armed Forces, and Society, 1939–45

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780199463534
eISBN:
9780199087181
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199463534.003.0008
Subject:
History, Military History

The 1942 Burma Campaign was an extension of the Malaya–Singapore Campaign. During the conquest of Burma in the first half of 1942, the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) displayed the same tactical skill ... More


Method: The Distribution of White Propaganda

Tim Brooks

in British Propaganda to France, 1940-1944: Machinery, Method and Message

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748625192
eISBN:
9780748651351
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625192.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter deals with Air Ministry and Royal Air Force (RAF) attitudes, and costs, benefits and problems encountered with aerial dissemination, contrasting the RAF's claimed dropping record both ... More


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