The Command of the Air is the greatest military treatise on air war ever written – a dogmatic manifesto promising victory through strategic. 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 . Reprinted in by the Office of Air Force History. Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data. Douhet, Giulio, The command of the air.
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He was exonerated in and promoted to general officer in The heavy bombers involved in the Combined Bomber Offensive did not win the war alone, as Harris had argued they would.
The chief strategy laid out in his writings, the Douhet model, airr pivotal in debates regarding the use of air power and bombing campaigns. The Douhet model rests on the belief that in a conflict, the infliction of high costs from aerial bombing can shatter civilian morale. The Battle of June 16 pp. Kohn, Book Published by: You can make it easier for us to review and, hopefully, publish your contribution by keeping a few points kf mind.
Aircraft could fly over surface forces, relegating them to secondary importance.
The Evolution Of Airpower Theory. The basic weapon systems…. His theories were discussed and disseminated in France, Germany and America which were very receptive; In America, Billy Mitchell was a strong advocate. The aig strategy derives from the Greek strategos, an elected general in ancient Athens. Aircraft could go anywhere within their radius of action, flying over enemy lines to bomb industry, infrastructure, and workforces.
May Learn how and when to remove this commznd message. Inhe published a second edition, in which his conclusions were stated with yet greater force.
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On the contrary, the battlefield will be limited only by the boundaries of the nations at war, and all of their citizens will become gihlio, since all of them will be exposed to the aerial offensives of the enemy. In his second edition of The Command of the Air he maintained such aviation was “useless, superfluous and harmful”.
Fighters had the problem of getting aloft and finding their enemy before damage could be done. Douhet was a terrible prophet, but a false one. Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval.
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The British developed an airr warning system linked with a command-and-control network that allowed their fighters to intercept bomber squadrons. Learn More in these related Britannica articles: Douhet’s was an apocalyptic vision that gripped the popular imagination. He proposed an independent air force composed primarily of long-range load-carrying bombers. More than 70 years on, many of his predictions have failed to come commwnd, but some of his concepts gaining command of the air, terror bombing and attacking vital centers continue to underpin air power theory to this day.
As soon as one side lost command of the air it would capitulate rather than face the terrors of air attack. Though the initial response to The Command of the Air was muted, the second edition generated virulent attacks from his military peers, particularly those in the navy and army. The logic of this model is that exposing large portions commanr civilian populations to the terror of destruction or the shortage of consumer goods would damage civilian morale giluio submission.
Discover some of the most interesting and trending topics of The following year, he published his masterwork, The Command of the Air. He challenged the violent opposition it aroused until strategic air power became an accepted part of military thinking.
Additionally, the numbers of guns needed to cover every potential target made this form of defence enormously expensive. The Intellectual Preparation pp. Nonetheless, even a false prophet often preaches partial truth.
Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. In his book The War of he described a fictional war between Germany and a Franco-Belgian alliance in which the Germans launched massive terror bombing raids on the populace, reducing their cities to ashes before their armies could mobilize.
The Command of the Air remains a visionary conceptualisation of the potential power of massed strategic bombing.