The Big Reveal – Air Campaign

In Military History, Featured

Last week we unveiled the new series that we’re busy creating for next year, Air Campaign. To end the suspense – and finally complete our Big Reveal for 2017 – here are the four titles that will kick off Air Campaign next autumn.

ACM 001
The Battle of Britain 1940
Doug Dildy

Everyone knows the story of the Battle of Britain. But this book, the first in the series, showcases what we’re doing a little differently in Air Campaign. Rather than focusing on the Few in their Spitfires and Hurricanes, it will explain and analyse the Battle of Britain from the perspective of the Luftwaffe – their strategic aims, capabilities and plans, how they attempted to subdue Fighter Command, and why they failed.

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Rabaul 1943–44
Mark Lardas

Rabaul was one of the biggest obstacles on the Allies’ road to Tokyo – a heavily fortified Japanese naval and air base, with a 100,000-strong garrison. The US-led Allies devised an innovative but difficult strategy – instead of capturing Rabaul, the island fortress would be neutralized and bypassed. The Allies would grind down Rabaul’s defences from the air, capturing and building new airfields to bring more air power closer and closer to Rabaul. The strategy saved a costly invasion, and provided an example of what air power can do.

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Operation Rolling Thunder 1965–68
Dr Richard P. Hallion

One of the most controversial bombing campaigns in US history, Rolling Thunder was meant to discourage the North Vietnamese from supporting communist guerrillas in South Vietnam and Laos. After three years, the brutal, failing campaign was ignominiously ended. Here, Richard Hallion, a vastly experienced expert on US air power, explains the strategy behind Rolling Thunder, the many reasons why it failed, and the ‘How Not To’ lessons that it taught – which in the 1970s transformed US air power, spurring a new professionalism, new pilot training, and a new generation of far more capable combat aircraft and weapons.

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Malta 1940–42
Ryan Noppen

Like the Battle of Britain, this is an air battle that’s usually told from the perspective of the defenders. Here, multilingual aviation analyst and New Vanguard stalwart Ryan Noppen examines the Malta air war from the attackers’ side – how first Italy and then Germany planned and fought their strategic air campaign to knock Malta out of the war and gain supremacy over the Mediterranean.

Some of these you had already guessed, but let us know what you think of our launch line-up!

Post Comments

Tom @ Osprey posted on 24 Oct 2016 10:57:14
Hi all, glad you like the list so far - and thanks very much for all your emailed suggestions and thoughts so far.

Just to be clear, these books will cover the defenders too (explaining their capabilities and weaknesses, defensive tactics, how they fought during the campaign etc). But since our aim is to understand what the air campaign was meant to achieve and how the attackers went about it, in terms of strategic objectives, campaign plans etc, the focus will be on the offensive side.
GI Gene posted on 21 Oct 2016 23:10:19
An excellent first wave for this new series, and I must say that Rabaul is an inspired choice. I find it interesting that it will take the point of view of those on the offensive, instead of chronicling the perspectives of both sides. I am curious to see what the color plate format of “Air Campaign” will be. I hope we get at least one plate of pilots, aircrew, and ground crew. Looking forward to these titles.
Daitengu posted on 21 Oct 2016 22:50:47
Well as you could probably tell from my purchase history, I'll take all four. Looking forward to each one. Hope the pace on this series is quick - there are so many others I am hoping for.

Glad you are doing BoB from the German side.
C-Bone posted on 21 Oct 2016 19:27:38
Looks good! I'm especially interested in Rabaul, which, as you said, really showcases what air power can do.

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