Like all areas of military history there are some classic texts that deal with air power. Like all classic texts they can often be difficult to find if they are not reprinted. Therefore it is good to see the University of Alabama Press reprinting some classic titles on air power. In particular the following have been reprinted in new editions:
John C Slessor Air Power and Armies (University of Alabama Press, 2009) – This new edition has an introduction by Philip Meilinger. The original was published by Oxford University Press in 1936. For me it has always been my nemesis as when ever I tried to get hold of a copy it was either too expensive or I was outbid on evilbay. Therefore, I am glad I know have a copy in my collection. It is one of the key texts on the use of operational air power in support of the land campaign, discussing its use primarily in aerial interdiction campaigns.
The next to be reprinted is:
Giulio Douhet The Command of the Air (University of Alabama Press, 2010) – Initially published in 1921 this edition is edited by Joseph Patrick Harahan and Richard H. Kohn. While it is debatable what impact the Douhet had upon the interwar development of air power theory in Britain and the US it remains an important text in air power history so it is good to see an accessible edition being available.
It also appears that later on this year they will be reprinting Mitchell’s Winged Defence.