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Tony Redding

Email:

anthony.redding@kcl.ac.uk

Research Interests:

  • V-Bomber Force
  • British Nuclear Deterrents

Thesis:

Britain's Airborne Nuclear Deterrent: Its Capability and Credibility

OVERVIEW

This project will examine the capability and credibility of Britain’s airborne nuclear deterrent, from the mid 1950s to the handover of the primary deterrent role to Polaris submarines in the late 1960s. The project will also address the continuing role of the V-bombers as a nuclear weapons delivery system, following the handover of primary responsibility. This role extended into the early 1980s.

Supervisors:

Dr John Stone

Biography:

Over the past 15 years I have written three military history books, all concerned with the Second World War.  Each book took three years to research, write and complete:

  • Flying for Freedom (2005), Cerberus, ISBN 1 84145 011 1. This provides a narrative of life on the squadrons, centred on the two tours (64 operations) completed by Warrant Officer Sidney Knott, DFC.  This book was recently re-published as Life and Death in Bomber Command (2013), Fonthill ISBN 978-1-78155-228-5.
  • War in the Wilderness: the Chindits in Burma 1943-1944 (2011), Spellmount (The History Press), ISBN 978 0 7524 6078 9.  This was recently released (2015) in paperback (ISBN 978 0 7509 6217 9).  This is now regarded as the definitive work on the two Chindit campaigns behind Japanese lines in Burma.
  • Bombing Germany: the final phase (2015) Pen and Sword Aviation, ISBN 978 1 47382 354 9. This book explores the final six months of the area bombing campaign and provides accounts from German survivors of a mass raid on the South German city of Pforzheim.  This was Bomber Command’s last night area raid on a German city and the attack took place just 11 weeks before the surrender. The raid on Pforzheim killed 17,000 people and was worse, in relation to city size, than the Hamburg and Dresden raids.  A German language edition of this book is due for publication in mid-2017.

In addition, I lecture on Bomber Command and the Chindit campaigns.  Venues include the National Army Museum, the Army & Navy Club, and the Prince Consort’s Library, Aldershot.  My lecture on the Chindits can be viewed on the National Army Museum website (Lunchtime Lectures No.17).

I have also contributed to various television programmes (The History Channel/Yesterday and, more recently, the BBC concerning the Chindit campaigns and Bomber Command).

 

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