Command of the Air [Giulio Douhet, Charles a. Gabriel] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Reprint of the translation by staff of the. The Italian General Giulio Douhet reigns as one of the twentieth century’s foremost strategic air power theorists. As such scholars as Raymond Flugel have . necessity of Douhet’s central vision—that command of the air is all important in modern warfare—has been proven throughout the history of wars in this century.
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Nonetheless, even a false prophet often preaches partial truth. The Causes aid the Conflict p. World War II would prove many of his predictions to be wrong, particularly on the vulnerability of public morale to bombing. Serious thinking about the nature of war and the role of aerospace power will not in our lifetime cease to be of value.
His whole conception tthe air war rests on the assumption that the bomber will always get through, and that the damage it can then do will crush the resistance. Except for a few months as the head of aviation in Mussolini’s government inDouhet spent much of the rest of his life theorizing about the impact of military air power.
Targeting was central to this strategy and he believed that air commanders would prove themselves by their choice of targets. Uploaded by associate-caitlin-markey on June 25, When World War I began, Douhet began to call for Italy to launch a massive military build-up — particularly in aircraft.
On a tactical level he advocated using three types of bombs in quick succession; explosives to destroy the target, incendiaries to ignite the damaged structures, and poison gas to keep firefighters and rescue crews away.
The Douhet model rests on the belief that in a conflict, the infliction of high costs from aerial bombing can shatter civilian morale. There are no reviews yet. Assigned to the General Staff shortly after the beginning of the new century, Douhet published lectures on military mechanization.
The Command of the Air
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clmmand The Moral Preparation p. His theories were discussed and disseminated in France, Germany and America which were very receptive; In America, Billy Mitchell was a strong advocate. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. What defence was possible against the destruction of cities by aerial bombing? Airpower theories, a key proponent of strategic bombing. This article needs additional citations for verification. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. The Organization of Aerial Warfare pp.
The three-dimensional vastness of the ths and the speed with which aircraft moved through it precluded effective anti-aircraft gunnery.
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For going over the heads cokmand his superiors, he was court-martialled and imprisoned for a year. Introduction ; Auxiliary aviation ; Aerial defense ; The aerial battle ; The aerial field as the decisive field — Book four. Views Read Edit View history. Armies became superfluous because aircraft could overfly them and attack these centers of the government, military and industry with impunity, a principle later called ” The bomber will always get through “.
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Please help improve thf article by adding citations to reliable sources. He believed interception of these bombers was unlikely, but allowed for a force of escort aircraft to ward off interceptors.
He was a key proponent of strategic bombing in aerial warfare. Douhet continued to write about air power from his cell, finishing a novel on air power doyhet proposing a massive Allied fleet of aircraft in communications to ministers. By smothering the tye civilian centers with bombs, Douhet argued the war would become so terrible that the common people would rise against their government, overthrow it with revolution, then sue for peace.
The Independent Air Force pp. In his second edition of The Command of the Air he maintained such aviation was “useless, superfluous and harmful”. The Intellectual Preparation pp. He was wrong on both counts, as British experience in was to demonstrate.
The command of the air
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Douhet saw the pitfalls of allowing air power to be fettered by ground commanders and began to advocate the creation of a separate air arm commanded by airmen. During that war aircraft operated for the first time in reconnaissance, transport, douheg spotting and even limited bombing roles.
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