By John Andreas Olsen
This one-volume anthology offers a complete research of the position that air energy has performed in army conflicts during the last century. Comprising 16 essays penned via a world cadre of top army specialists, A heritage of Air war chronologically examines the software of air strength from the 1st international warfare to the second one Lebanon conflict, crusade by way of crusade. every one essay lays out the pursuits, occasions, and key avid gamers of the clash in query, experiences the position of air energy 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 by means of targeting air and house strength in either unconventional and traditional conflict from 1913 to the current. greater than an easy homage to air strength, A heritage of Air struggle exposes air power’s strengths and weaknesses and, the place appropriate, illuminates the demanding situations of joint operations and coalition battle. as a result of its severe technique, even therapy, and historic historical past, the e-book will entice sleek struggle students, air strength experts, and basic readers drawn to army background alike.
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Air power provided a means of first outflanking these defenses and eventually bringing the Japanese home islands under direct air attack. S. Army Air Forces units in the Southwest Pacific helped make General Douglas MacArthur’s island-hopping campaign possible, while Navy carrier task forces blazed a trail across the Central Pacific to the Philippines. Only then could B–29 Superfortress bombers based in the Marianas lay waste to Japan’s cities in a devastating and controversial firebombing campaign and, ultimately, usher in the atomic age.
Bombardment and pursuit, the aircraft’s new roles, prompted the adaptation of suitable types—light craft for fighting and heavier ones for bombing—but in general, the absence of powerful aircraft engines enabling large planes to carry defensive armament and greater bomb loads over longer distances limited bomber development. Yet during that year, all the eminent issues of strategic bombardment appeared—daylight versus night bombing and attendant matters of accuracy and aircraft type, around-the-clock bombing, appropriate target selection—that would continue through the Second World War and even today.
A History of Air Warfare by John Andreas Olsen