Wednesday 14 March 2012; 7.30pm; York St John University
Title: Safety in Numbers: F.W. Lanchester and the use of Big Wings in the Battle of Britain
Speakers: Christopher Price & Niall Mackay
The paper that Niall MacKay and Christopher Price will be presenting on examines the Big Wing Controversy in the battle of Britain according to the RAF understanding of the military principle of concentration. This rested on Fuller’s 1916 codification of the principles of war which were based in turn on the work of the engineer and air-power theorist F.W. Lanchester.
We argue that RAF doctrine diverged from this early foundation and that in the Battle of Britain Fighter Command’s 11 and 12 Groups operated according to distinct and opposed concepts of concentration. This doctrinal struggle had important consequences for the Battle and future British operations.
Dr Niall MacKay is a mathematical physicist at the University of York whose main research interest is in algebraic structures related to string theory. Over recent years he has developed wide-ranging
interdisciplinary interests, including the mathematical modelling of warfare and its historical context.
Christopher Price is a lecturer in History at York St John University. His research is focused on the performance of the British state in the period surrounding the World Wars in a global context. His published work includes studies of British rearmament and German air attack on York
7.30pm Event opens, De Grey Lecture Theatre, DG/017, York St John University
8.00pm Event closes
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