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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Introduction ; Auxiliary aviation ; Aerial defense ; The aerial battle ; The aerial field as the decisive field — Book four. Heavy losses forced the Germans to switch to night bombing. Leave a Reply Cancel reply.
Navies were restricted to the sea and slowed by the heavy medium of water. If the defence has proved more innovative and resilient than Douhet envisaged, the threat is real enough, and millions have indeed perished since in the holocausts of aerial destruction predicted in The Command of the Air. These would vary from situation to situation, but Douhet identified the five basic target types as: BooksMilitary Classics.
Contact Contact Us Help. Giulio Douhet was a prophet. In his book Douhet argued that air power was revolutionary ddouhet it operated in the third dimension.
Doyhet theories, dpuhet key proponent of strategic bombing. Office of Air Force History. In his second edition of The Command of the Air he maintained such aviation was “useless, superfluous and harmful”.
The only defense was a good offense. In many cases, he had hugely exaggerated the effects of bombing. He harboured an apocalyptic vision of the war to come: Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. After an incident in which he ordered construction of Caproni bombers without authorization, he was exiled to the infantry.
World War II would prove many of his predictions to be wrong, particularly on the vulnerability of public morale to bombing. Some of what he wrote today seems almost timeless, ‘principles’ perhaps of the employment of aircraft in war. When World War I began, Douhet began to call ait Italy to launch a massive military build-up — particularly in aircraft. The Organization of Aerial Warfare pp.
First would come explosions, then fires, then deadly gases floating on the surface and preventing any approach to the stricken area.
Targeting was central to this strategy and he believed that air commanders would prove themselves by their choice of targets. The Command of the Fommand. The New Form of War pp. Germany’s Plan of Operation pp.
In other projects Wikimedia Commons. The Independent Air Force pp. Then, indeed, the bomber got through. Douhet died in in RomeItaly. This article needs additional citations for verification. Editors’ Introduction Download Save.
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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 combatants, commanr all of them will be exposed to the aerial offensives of the enemy. See also WorldCat this item. Air power could break a people’s will by destroying a country’s “vital centers”.
Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. His theories were discussed and disseminated in France, Germany and America which were very receptive; In America, Billy Mitchell was a strong advocate.
The Material Preparation—France and Belgium pp. During that war aircraft operated for the first time in reconnaissance, transport, artillery spotting and commannd limited bombing roles.
The Command of the Air
He teamed up with the young aircraft engineer Gianni Caproni to extol the virtues of air power in the years ahead. Aviation in World War I. The Allies’ plan of operation ; Germany’s plan of operation ; The battle dohuet June commanr ; Operations of June 17 “This reprint of the English translation of Douhet’s works, while titled Command of the Air, actually consists of five separate works: The new form of war ; The independent air force ; Aerial warfare ; The organization of aerial warfare — pt.
Instead, a million ordinary Londoners, mobilised in a plethora of volunteer roles, kept the city alive and breathing. Possible copyright status The Library is unaware of any copyright restrictions for this item. From Wikipedia, tje free encyclopedia.
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Aircraft could fly over surface forces, relegating them to secondary importance. This emphasis on the strategic offensive would blind Douhet to the possibilities of air defense or tactical support of armies. Coward-McCann, Includes bibliographical references Book one.