book explores the development of tactical air power in Britain between 1940
and 1943 through a study of the Royal Air Force's Army Co-operation Command.
It charts the work done by the Command during its existence, and highlights
the arguments between the RAF and Army on this contentious issue in Britain. Much
is known about the RAF both in the years preceding and during the Second World
War, particularly the exploits of Fighter, Bomber and Coastal Commands, yet the
existence of the RAF's Army Co-operation Command is little-known. Through
extensive archival research, Matthew Powell maps the creation and work of the
RAF's Army Co-operation Command through an analysis of tactical air power
developments during the First World War and inter-war periods, highlighting
the debates and arguments that took place between the Air Ministry and the War
Matthew Powell is an independent scholar who has taught at the University of Birmingham, UK. He has published on Army Co-operation Command in Canadian Military History, Air Power Review and the British Journal for Military History.
Introduction.- 1. Army Co-operation at Home and Abroad.- 2. Tactical Air Power and the Battle of France, 1940.- 3. The Creation of Army Co-operation Command.- 4. The Work of Army Co-operation Command, 1941.- 5. The Beginning of the End of Army Co-operation Command, 1942.- 6. The End of Army Co-operation Command, 1943.- Conclusion.