A History of Air Warfare by John Andreas Olsen

By John Andreas Olsen

This one-volume anthology offers a finished research of the position that air strength has performed in army conflicts over the last century. Comprising 16 essays penned by means of an international cadre of best army specialists, A heritage of Air struggle chronologically examines the software of air strength from the 1st global battle to the second one Lebanon battle, crusade by way of crusade. each one essay lays out the ambitions, occasions, and key gamers of the clash in query, studies the function 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 by way of concentrating on air and area energy in either unconventional and traditional conflict from 1913 to the current. greater than an easy homage to air strength, A historical past of Air war exposes air power’s strengths and weaknesses and, the place correct, illuminates the demanding situations of joint operations and coalition battle. as a result of its serious process, even remedy, and ancient history, the booklet will entice glossy battle students, air energy experts, and basic readers drawn to army background alike.

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No part of this book may be reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission from the publisher, except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles and reviews. —1st ed. 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.

As early as August 2, War Minister Paul Painlevé and industrialists such as the Michelin brothers and aircraft builder Paul Schmitt had expressed interest in bombing Essen, the center of the Krupp Works in the Ruhr valley—a task beyond the capacity of the tiny air arm. On November 23, however, GQG formed four squadrons of Voisin biplanes into the First Bombardment Group of eighteen planes under Commandant de Göys. This force struck the railway station at Freiburg on December 4 and was drawing up a list of important and vulnerable targets by the end of the year.

S. S. S. Navy VJ Day Victory over Japan Day VNAF South Vietnamese Air Force ZOA zone of action INTRODUCTION HISTORY: AN ARGUMENT WITHOUT END HISTORY CONTRIBUTES TO KNOWLEDGE, but how can students of warfare best increase their knowledge of military history and military campaigns? ”1 First, the student must focus on width: that is, study the way in which warfare has developed over time to determine the elements that remain constant and those that change. An appreciation of recurring themes in warfare—such as command in war, principles of war, and logistics—demands the kind of perspective that only extensive reading can provide.

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