Staff Profile: Professor John Buckley
Professor Buckley’s research interests focus
upon twentieth century military and strategic studies,
particularly the Second World War, and the Age of Air Power.
His most recent book Monty’s Men: The
British Army and the Liberation of Europe 1944-5 (Yale,
2013) was awarded the Templer Medal for Military History by the
Society for Army Historical Research. In this area he has
previously published British Armour and the Normandy Campaign
1944 (Cass, 2004), an in-depth study of the role, development
and performance of the armoured arm in the summer of 1944, and
The Normandy Campaign 1944: Sixty Years
On, (Routledge, 2006), an edited collection derived from
the highly successful conference held at the University of
Wolverhampton in 2004.
He has also published on British maritime air
power in the interwar era and in World War Two, most notably a
study of RAF Coastal Command, and on many other broader aspects of
air power such as strategic bombing, British defence
policy in the 1930s, and air power and total war.
He is currently working on an analysis of oral
accounts of the Northwest European Campaign 1944-5 (with Matthew
Lucas) and a study of the British Army in the Far East 1941-45.
- The Age of Total War 1914-1945
- The Battle for Normandy 1944 (includes six
day study trip to Normandy)
- Citizen Soldiers: The British Army in the
Second World War
- Air Power (MA Option)
- The Second World War (MA Option)
I am happy to supervise research students in
the area of 19th/20th Century Military
History, in particular the Second World War or Air Power in the
Recent and Current Areas of Supervision:
The British Army and the Impact of the Boer
War 1902-1914; Artillery in the American Civil War; US Marine Corps
Strategy in the Vietnam War; The RAF and Air Superiority in the Far
East 1941-45; Volunteer Air Forces in Britain 1918-1955; Social
Network Analysis and the British Army of 1939-40.
Books (with links to Amazon)
Key Articles and
- ‘Victory and Defeat: Perceptions of the British Army in
Northwest Europe 1944-5’, Global War Studies, (vol.10,
- ‘Tackling the Tiger: The Development of British Armoured
Doctrine for Normandy 1944’, The Journal of Military
History. (Oct 2010).
- ‘Air Warfare’ in Jeremy Black (ed.), War
Since 1900: History, Strategy, Weaponry, (2010).
- ‘D-Day and The Normandy Campaign’, Oxford Analytica,
- 'Air Power and Modern War' in Palgrave Guide to Modern
Military History edited by Matthew Hughes and William
- ‘Air Power and the Modern World’ in Jeremy Black (ed), War
and the Modern World 1815-2000, (2003).
- ‘Maritime Air Power in the Second World War: Britain, Japan and
the USA’ in Seb Cox and Peter Gray (eds.), Turning Points in
Air Power History, (2002).
- ‘The Air Campaign’ in Brian Bond and Mike Taylor (eds.),
The Battle for France: Sixty Years On (2001).
- ‘War in the Air 1903-1939’ in Gary Sheffield and Simon Trew,
(eds.), 100 Years of Conflict, (2000).
- ‘Ethics, Morality and Strategic Bombing in World War Two’
Modern Studies Association Journal, 2000
- ‘The Thatcher-Major Defence Legacy’ Modern Studies
Association Journal, 1998 edition.
- ‘Failing to Learn from the Past: The RAF and Trade Defence
1917-1941’ The War Studies Journal, (1996).
- ‘Anglo-American Airpower Co-operation and the Battle of the
Atlantic 1940-1944’, Journal of Strategic Studies,
- ‘The RAF and Trade Defence: Contradictions in British Defence
Policy 1937-1939’, Twentieth Century British History,
- ‘Air Power and the Battle of the Atlantic 1939-1943’,
Journal of Contemporary History, (1993).