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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The Command of the Air

In other words, the enemy air force was the primary target. Navies were restricted to the sea and slowed by the heavy medium of water. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. A decisive victory here would hasten the end of the war. The same year he completed a hugely influential treatise on strategic bombing titled The Command of the Air Il dominio dell’aria and commajd from military service soon after.

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He was a key proponent of strategic bombing in aerial warfare. Douhet continued to write about air power from his cell, finishing a novel on air power and proposing a massive Allied fleet of aircraft in communications to ministers. The Command of the Air remains a visionary og of the potential power of massed strategic bombing.


His calculations for the amount of bombs and poison gas required to destroy a city were ludicrously optimistic. Because bombing would be so terrible, Douhet believed that wars would be short. The Command of The Air p.

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Tge had the problem of getting aloft and finding their enemy before damage could be done. Coward-McCann, Includes bibliographical references Book one. The chief strategy laid out in his writings, the Douhet model, is pivotal in debates regarding the use of air douheet and bombing campaigns.

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Collection libraryofthemarinecorps ; fedlink ; americana. He teamed up with the young aircraft engineer Gianni Caproni to extol the virtues of air power in the years ahead.

This article needs additional citations for verification. The Command of the Air by Giulio Douhet: Then, indeed, the bomber tye through. He was exonerated in and promoted to general officer in Editors’ Introduction Download Save. BooksMilitary Classics. The Command of the Air.


Targeting was central to this strategy and he believed that air commanders would prove themselves by their choice of targets. In his second edition of The Command of the Air he maintained such aviation was “useless, superfluous and harmful”. After an incident in which he ordered construction of Caproni bombers without authorization, he was exiled to the infantry.

Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet. When World War I began, Douhet began to call for Italy to launch a massive military build-up — particularly in aircraft. Possible copyright status The Library is unaware of any copyright restrictions for this item.

His theories were discussed and disseminated in France, Germany and America which were very receptive; In America, Billy Mitchell was a strong advocate. Such, he claimed, was the destructive power of aerial bombardment that air power would become dominant in war, and national air-forces dominant over the other two services. Some of what he wrote today seems almost timeless, ‘principles’ perhaps of the employment of aircraft in war.

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