The University of Wolverhampton

Staff Profile: Professor John Buckley

NameProfessor John Buckley
TitleProfessor of Military History
Subject AreaWar Studies/History
Research DepartmentCentre for Historical Research

School of Social, Historical and Political Studies

Tel.01902 323388


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.

Teaching Areas

  • 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)

Postgraduate Research

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 1914-45 era.

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 Chapters

  • ‘Victory and Defeat: Perceptions of the British Army in Northwest Europe 1944-5’, Global War Studies, (vol.10, no.1, 2013)
  • ‘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, (2009).
  • 'Air Power and Modern War' in Palgrave Guide to Modern Military History edited by Matthew Hughes and William Philpott. (2007)
  • ‘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 edition.
  • ‘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, (1995).
  • ‘The RAF and Trade Defence: Contradictions in British Defence Policy 1937-1939’, Twentieth Century British History, (1994).
  • ‘Air Power and the Battle of the Atlantic 1939-1943’, Journal of Contemporary History, (1993).