The Development of British Tactical Air Power, 1940-1943

A History of Army Co-operation Command

  • Matthew Powell

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Matthew Powell
    Pages 1-42
  3. Matthew Powell
    Pages 83-117
  4. Matthew Powell
    Pages 119-160
  5. Matthew Powell
    Pages 197-226
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 227-261

About this book


This 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 Office.

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 HistoryAir Power Review and theBritish Journal for Military History.



Second World War Royal Air Force History of conflict Air Ministry War Office

Authors and affiliations

  • Matthew Powell
    • 1
  1. 1.GwentUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
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  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-54416-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-54417-9
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