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ISBN-10: 1597976385

ISBN-13: 9781597976381

This one-volume anthology presents a complete research of the function that air strength has performed in army conflicts over the last century. Comprising 16 essays penned via a world cadre of prime army specialists, A background of Air Warfare chronologically examines the application of air strength from the 1st global conflict to the second one Lebanon struggle, crusade by means of crusade. every one essay lays out the pursuits, occasions, and key gamers of the clash in query, stories the position of air strength within the strategic and operational contexts, and explores the interaction among the political framework and army operations right.

The concluding part deals wider views via targeting air and area strength in either unconventional and standard war from 1913 to the current. greater than an easy homage to air energy, A background of Air war exposes air power's strengths and weaknesses and, the place suitable, illuminates the demanding situations of joint operations and coalition conflict. as a result of its serious technique, even remedy, and historic historical past, the ebook will entice glossy battle students, air strength experts, and normal readers attracted to army historical past alike.

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The force sustained the distinction between an independent bombing strategy, with its own strategic trajectory aimed at defeating the enemy nation rather than the enemy armed forces, and the tactical use of air power in support of ground campaigns on land and sea, for which the RAF remained poorly prepared and doctrinally deficient. Yet from 1936, with the advent of radar and fast monoplane fighters, greater emphasis was placed, at political insistence, on the possibilities of an active air defense whose purpose was also strategic rather than tactical, denying the enemy air force the possibility of attacking the home front in operations again independent of the army or navy.

At least the navy seaplane fighter fleet, equipped with Hansa-Brandenburg two-seat twin-float monoplanes, regained command of the air from the English over the Flanders coast from Zeebrugge to Ostende. In the German rear, with the new year came the understanding that the Hindenburg Program’s total mobilization had only partially succeeded, as material and labor shortages prevented the aviation industry from meeting production goals, while the lapse in German fighter development invalidated their razor-thin qualitative superiority.

Yet from 1936, with the advent of radar and fast monoplane fighters, greater emphasis was placed, at political insistence, on the possibilities of an active air defense whose purpose was also strategic rather than tactical, denying the enemy air force the possibility of attacking the home front in operations again independent of the army or navy. THE AIR WAR IN EUROPE, 1939–1945 29 These differences in strategic outlook determined the way the air war was to be fought in Europe between 1939 and 1945.

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