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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He was a key proponent of strategic bombing in aerial warfare. As the hours passed and night advanced, the fires would spread while the poison gas paralysed all life. The British developed an early warning system linked with a command-and-control network that allowed their fighters to intercept bomber squadrons.

This page was last edited on 11 Novemberat Serious thinking about the nature of war and the role of aerospace power will not in our lifetime cease to be of value.

Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. In his book Douhet argued that air power was revolutionary because it operated in the third dimension.

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In “Rivista Aeuronautica” in Julyhe wrote that he believed that tons of bombs over the most important cities would end a war in less than a month.

The new form of war ; The independent air force ; Aerial warfare ; The organization of aerial warfare — pt. Uploaded by associate-caitlin-markey on June 25, He proposed an independent air force composed primarily of long-range load-carrying bombers.


More than 70 years on, many of his commmand have failed to come true, 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.

Douhet was a terrible prophet, but a false one. This emphasis on the strategic offensive would blind Douhet to the possibilities of air defense or tactical support of armies.

Nonetheless, even a false prophet often preaches partial truth. The chief strategy laid out in his writings, the Douhet model, is pivotal in debates regarding the use of air power and bombing campaigns. The Allies’ plan of operation ; Germany’s plan of operation ; The battle of June 16 ; 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: 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.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply. And how was this to be achieved? In fact, there is considerable evidence to show the bombings did nothing but 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 land forces.

Douhet wrote a report on the aviation lessons learned in which he suggested high altitude bombing should be the primary role of aircraft. 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. Outside Italy, Douhet’s reception was mixed. The Command of the Air by Giulio Douhet: The Moral Preparation p.


He believed interception of these bombers was unlikely, but allowed for a force of escort aircraft to ward off interceptors. The only defense was a good offense.

The command of the air

He was wrong on both counts, as British experience in was to demonstrate. Additionally, the numbers of guns needed to cover every potential target made this form of defence enormously expensive. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. The Command of the Air remains a visionary conceptualisation of the potential power of massed strategic bombing. Douhet died in in RomeItaly. The entire population akr in the front line of an air war and they could be terrorized with urban bombing. Targeting was central to this strategy and he believed that air commanders would prove themselves by their choice of targets.

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