Edited by Professor Gary Sheffield and Air Commodore (ret’d) Dr Peter Gray, Changing War is an important contribution to our understanding of 1918 not just in terms of the end of the First World War but also concerning the character of warfare in the twentieth century. It also includes contribution from members of the Centre for War Studies at the University of Birmingham. It is broadly based on a 2008 conference held at the university on 1918.
In 1918, the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) played a critical role in defeating the German army and thus winning the First World War. This ‘Hundred Days’ campaign (August to November 1918) was the greatest series of land victories in British military history. 1918 also saw the creation of the Royal Air Force, the world’s first independent air service, from the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service. Until recently, British histories of the First World War have tended to concentrate on the earlier battles of 1916 and 1917 and often underplayed this vitally important period.
Changing War fills this significant gap in our knowledge by providing in-depth examinations of key aspects of the operations of the British Army, the Royal Air Force and its antecedents in the climactic year of the First World War. Written by a group of established historians and emerging scholars it sheds light not only on 1918, but on the revolutionary changes in warfare that took place at that time.
Table of Contents
Introduction – Peter Gray, Ross Mahoney and Gary Sheffield
- Command Culture and Complexity: Third Army during the Hundred Days, August-November 1918 – Jonathan Boff
- ‘Delivering the Goods’. Operation Landovery Castle: A Logistical and Administrative Analysis of Canadian Corps Preparations for the Battle of Amiens 8-11 August, 1918 – Rob Thompson
- ‘After Amiens’: Technology and Tactics in the British Expeditionary Force During the Advance to Victory, August – November 1918 – Bryn Hammond
- The Last Battle of the B.E.F: The Crossing of the Sambre-Oise Canal, 4 November 1918 – Niall Barr
- War of Liberation: British Second Army and Coalition Warfare in Flanders in the Hundred Days – Dennis Williams
- Behind the Lines: Sir Douglas Haig and the Cavalry Corps, September-October 1918 – Simon M Justice
- The Air Ministry and the Formation of the Royal Air Force – Peter Gray
- The Smuts Report: Interpreting and Misinterpreting the Promise of Air Power – Christopher Luck
- The Genesis of Modern Warfare: The Contribution of Aviation Logistics – Peter Dye
- The Genesis of Modern Air Power: the RAF in 1918 – David Jordan
- The Battle of Amiens: Air-Ground Cooperation and its Implications for Imperial Policing – Simon Coningham
- The Battle of Amiens and the Development of British Air Land Battle, 1918-1945 – Alistair McCluskey
Gary Sheffield and Peter Gray (eds.), Changing War The British Army, the Hundred Days Campaign and The Birth of the Royal Air Force, 1918 (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013)