By John Andreas Olsen
This one-volume anthology presents a complete research of the function that air energy has performed in army conflicts over the last century. Comprising 16 essays penned by means of an international cadre of top army specialists, A background of Air struggle chronologically examines the application of air strength from the 1st global struggle to the second one Lebanon struggle, crusade via crusade. each one essay lays out the pursuits, occasions, and key avid gamers of the clash in query, reports the function of air strength within the strategic and operational contexts, and explores the interaction among the political framework and armed forces operations right. The concluding part deals wider views by means of concentrating on air and area strength in either unconventional and standard war from 1913 to the current. greater than an easy homage to air strength, A heritage of Air conflict exposes air power’s strengths and weaknesses and, the place proper, illuminates the demanding situations of joint operations and coalition battle. due to its serious method, even therapy, and ancient history, the e-book will attract sleek struggle students, air energy experts, and basic readers attracted to army historical past alike.
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Parliament member William Joynson-Hicks took up the cudgels for a ten-thousand- or even twenty-thousand-plane force to end the war with reprisal bombing of Germany. 17 Ironically, only Italy, a small air power in comparison to the others, began the war with a plane expressly designed as a bomber: the Caproni Ca1, which the supreme command used for long-range reconnaissance and for bombing railroad junctions and stations. Behind the front, however, Giulio Douhet’s superiors had removed him from command of the Italian aviation battalion for exceeding his authority in authorizing the Caproni bombers in the first place.
Thomsen requested and received from Ludendorff special status for aviation procurement in Germany’s total mobilization. Thomsen and Siegert reorganized the aviation procurement bureaucracy by placing construction inspectorates at all aircraft factories to monitor manufacture as the army prepared to face the increasing war of attrition over the Western front. Army aviation had clearly assumed a position of major importance in the German military hierarchy, and Thomsen moved rapidly to abandon army Zeppelin operations because of their high costs and negligible results.
P. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-1-59797-440-0 (hardcover : alk. paper)—ISBN 978-1-59797-433-2 (pbk. : alk. paper) 1. Air warfare—History. 2. Air power—History. I. 4’1409—dc22 2009036637 Printed in the United States of America on acid-free paper that meets the American National Standards Institute Z39-48 Standard. Potomac Books, Inc. 22841 Quicksilver Drive Dulles, Virginia 20166 First Edition 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 CONTENTS Acknowledgments List of Abbreviations Introduction PART I: 1914–1945 1 The First World War, 1914–1919, John H.
A History of Air Warfare by John Andreas Olsen