By John Andreas Olsen
This one-volume anthology offers a complete research of the function that air energy has performed in army conflicts during the last century. Comprising 16 essays penned by means of a world cadre of best army specialists, A historical past of Air war chronologically examines the software of air strength from the 1st international struggle to the second one Lebanon battle, crusade via crusade. each one essay lays out the pursuits, occasions, and key avid gamers of the clash in query, reports the function of air strength within the strategic and operational contexts, and explores the interaction among the political framework and armed forces operations right. The concluding part bargains wider views through concentrating on air and house energy in either unconventional and standard war from 1913 to the current. greater than an easy homage to air energy, A historical past of Air war exposes air power’s strengths and weaknesses and, the place suitable, illuminates the demanding situations of joint operations and coalition struggle. due to its serious technique, even therapy, and old heritage, the booklet will entice glossy struggle students, air energy experts, and basic readers drawn to army historical past alike.
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In addition to teaching responsibilities, the college gave me the specific challenge of compiling a one-volume history of air warfare. The task was to produce a book that would appeal to military professionals; to scholars and specialists in the field of military studies; to general readers interested in air power history, theory, doctrine, and strategy; and to faculty and students at both military and civilian colleges and universities. In an attempt to meet those objectives, I approached some of the world’s leading air warfare experts with a request to describe and analyze various campaigns in which air power has played a significant role, from the First World War to the second Lebanon war.
1 THE FIRST WORLD WAR, 1914–1919 John H. Morrow Jr. FROM THE ORIGINS OF MILITARY AVIATION TO AUGUST 1914 FLIGHT OFFERED THE PROSPECT of a new arena of warfare from its inception, and the military’s adoption and use of captive observation balloons in the latter half of the nineteenth century paved the way for its later acceptance of powered flight at the turn of the twentieth century. In 1883, one year before the invention of the dirigible, Albert Robida’s book War in the Twentieth Century1 envisaged a sudden crushing air strike, while Ivan S.
The early pursuit pilots on all sides—Frenchmen Roland Garros and Georges Guynemer, Germans Max Immelman and Oswald Boelcke, and Englishman George Lanoe Hawker—evolved fighting tactics to maximize their chances of becoming aerial predators without falling prey to the enemy. They even recommended technical improvements to fighter aircraft. Their efforts would make the skies over Europe’s battlefields far more dangerous in 1916. 1916: A WATERSHED YEAR The great land battles of Verdun and the Somme on the Western front in 1916 signaled the first major struggles for aerial control over the battlefield, as fighter or pursuit aviation became necessary to prevent enemy aerial observation and protect one’s own vulnerable observation planes over and behind the lines.