Staff Profile: Professor John Buckley

Name Professor John Buckley
Title Professor of Military History
Subject Area War Studies/History
Research Department Centre for Historical Research
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences

School of Social, Historical and Political Studies

Tel. 01902 323388
Address Mary Seacole Building, Nursery  Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1AD

Areas of expertise

20th century military history, particularly the Second World War, and Air Power.


John Buckley teaches on the War Studies undergraduate and Second World War MA programmes at the University of Wolverhampton, as well as supervising a range of PhD students.  He has also researched across a variety of aspects of military history, most notably air power to 1945, the interwar era, and the Second World War. His book Monty’s Men (Yale, 2013) won the prestigious Templar Medal in 2014.

Professor Buckley’s research interests focus upon twentieth century military and strategic studies, particularly the Second World War, and the Age of Air Power.

Academic qualifications

BA (Hons), PhD (Lancaster).

Teaching interests

The Second World War in Europe, The Battle for Normandy 1944, Dreadnought to Enterprise: Maritime History and Warfare c.1900 to the 21st Century; Axis and Allies: Politics, Diplomacy and Strategy in the Second World War; The Air War in the Second World War, The Victory Campaign: D-Day to Berlin 1944-5.

The seven day annual Normandy Fieldtrip is a key part of the War Studies teaching programme.

Use of strategy games and simulations.

Research interests

The Northwest European Campaign 1944-5; Air Power; The Battle of the Atlantic; Command and Leadership theory in the British Army in the Second World War.

PhD supervision

Areas of supervision: Twentieth century military history; air power.

Completed supervisions on: The British Army and the Boer War, 1899-1902; US Marine Corps Doctrine in Vietnam; The RAF and Air Superiority in the Far East 1941-45; The Mechanisation of the British Army in the Interwar Period; British Foreign Policy in the USA, 1861-1865.

Current supervisions on:  The French Air Forces 1938-1940; The Social Composition of the Territorial Air Forces, 1925-1957; Combat Fatigue in the RFC 1914-1917; Oral History and the Northwest European Campaign 1944-5.  


  • Operation Market Garden and the Campaign for the Low Countries, Autumn 1944, (Helion, 2016) edited with Peter Preston Hough.
  • Children and War: Past and Present – volumes I and II, (Helion: 2013 and 2016) edited collections.
  • Monty’s Men: The British Army and the Liberation of Europe 1944-5 (Yale, 2013).
  • The Ashgate Companion to Modern Warfare (Ashgate, 2010) edited with George Kassimeris
  • The Normandy Campaign: Seventy Years On, (Cass, 2006) edited collection
  • British Armour in the Normandy Campaign 1944 (Cass, 2004)
  • Air Power in the Age of Total War, (UCL, 1999)
  • The RAF and Trade Defence 1919-1945: Constant Endeavour (Keele, 1995)

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).