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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Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. A supporter of Mussolini, Douhet was appointed commissioner of aviation when the Fascists assumed power but he soon gave up this bureaucrat’s job to continue writing, which he did up to dluhet death from a heart attack in He believed interception of these bombers was unlikely, but allowed for a force of escort aircraft to ward off interceptors.

Attacks would not require great accuracy. Heavy losses forced the Germans to switch to night bombing.

The entire population was in the front line of an air war and they could be terrorized with urban bombing. Uploaded by associate-caitlin-markey on June 25, The war of Commqnd, the numbers of guns needed to cover every potential target made this form of defence enormously expensive.

As soon as one side lost command of the air it would capitulate rather than face the terrors of air attack. The probable aspects of the war of tthe future — Book three. During that war aircraft operated for the first time in reconnaissance, transport, artillery spotting and even limited bombing roles.

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Navies were restricted to the sea and slowed by the heavy medium of water. He harboured an apocalyptic vision of the war to come: Some of what he wrote today seems almost timeless, ‘principles’ perhaps of the employment of aircraft in war. The Intellectual Preparation pp. For going over the heads of his superiors, he was court-martialled and imprisoned for a year. commad

Giulio Douhet – Wikipedia

What defence was possible against the destruction of cities by aerial bombing? In other words, the enemy air force was the primary target. The only defense was a good offense. Assigned to the General Staff shortly after the tge of the new century, Douhet published lectures on military mechanization. In fact, he may never have learnt to fly.

The command of the air

In fact, there is considerable evidence to show the bombings did nothing aif antagonize the German people, galvanizing them to work harder for their country, and the final defeat of Germany was not achieved until virtually the entire country had been occupied by Allied dommand forces. Airpower theories, a key proponent of strategic bombing. 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 Material Preparation—France and Belgium pp. This would unravel the social basis of resistance, and pressure citizens into asking their governments to surrender. He teamed up with aair young aircraft engineer Gianni Caproni to extol the virtues of air power in the years ahead.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply. Introduction ; Auxiliary aviation ; Aerial defense ; The aerial battle ; The aerial field as the decisive field — Book four.

May Learn how and when to remove this template message. World War II would prove many of his predictions to be wrong, particularly on the vulnerability of public morale to bombing. InItaly went to war against the Ottoman Empire for control of Libya. Douhet wrote a report on the aviation lessons learned in which he suggested high altitude bombing should be the primary role of aircraft. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.

First would come explosions, then fires, then deadly gases floating on the surface and preventing any approach to the stricken area.

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