Air Power and Armies by John Cotesworth SlessorSir John Cotesworth Slessor (1897–1979) was one of Great Britains most influential airmen. He played a significant role in building the World War II Anglo-American air power partnership as an air planner on the Royal Air Force Staff, the British Chiefs of Staff, and the Combined Chiefs of Staff. He coordinated allied strategy in 1940–41, helped create an Anglo-American bomber alliance in 1942, and drafted the compromise at the Casablanca Conference that broke a deadlock in Anglo-American strategic debate. Also, Slessor was instrumental in defeating the U-boat menace as RAF Coastal Commander, and later shared responsibility for directing Allied air operations in the Mediterranean. Few aspects of the allied air effort escaped his influence: pilot training, aircraft procurement, and dissemination of operational intelligence and information all depended to a degree on Slessor. His influence on Anglo-American operational planning paved the way for a level of cooperation and combined action never before undertaken by the military forces of two great nations.
Air Power and Armies
Between the wars he commanded No. In , he published Air Power and Armies , which examined the use of air power against targets on and behind the battlefield. Slessor held several operational commands in the Second World War. As Air Officer Commanding Coastal Command in and , he was credited with doing much to turn the tide of the Battle of the Atlantic through his use of long-range bombers against German U-boats. He was knighted in June Slessor went on to serve in the RAF's most senior post, Chief of the Air Staff, in the early s, and was considered a strong proponent of strategic bombing and the nuclear deterrent.
He was considered a strong proponent of strategic bombing and the nuclear deterrent, and published several books, including an autobiography. Join Our Mailing List. Air Power and Armies, Air Power and Armies, X, X, , , , , Air Power and Armies, , , , ,. Quality Paper Browse this Book on Google. He coordinated allied strategy in —41, helped create an Anglo-American bomber alliance in , and drafted the compromise at the Casablanca Conference that broke a deadlock in Anglo-American strategic debate.
Slessor was born in During this period he was a appointed as a Flight Commander and spent four months as an Artillery and Infantry Coordination Officer. He retired as a Marshal of the Royal Air Force.
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