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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Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. 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 Battle of June 16 pp.

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Introduction ; The causes of the conflict ; The moral preparation ; The intellectual preparation ; The material preparation–France and Belgium ; The material preparation–Germany — pt. Inhe published a second edition, in which his conclusions were stated with yet greater force.

The following year, he published his masterwork, The Command of the Air. More than 70 years on, many of his predictions 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.


In other words, the enemy air force was the primary target. Targeting was central to this strategy and he believed that air commanders would prove themselves by their choice of targets. Possible copyright status The Library is unaware of any copyright restrictions for this item.

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Instead, a million ordinary Londoners, mobilised in a plethora of volunteer roles, kept the city alive and breathing. The Command of the Air. Born in CasertaCampaniaItalyfrom a family of savoyard exiles who had migrated there after the douet of Savoy to France [1] he attended the Modena Military Academy and was commissioned into the artillery of the Italian Army in Commanf theories were discussed and disseminated in France, Germany and America which were very receptive; In America, Billy Mitchell was a strong advocate.

Douhet was a terrible prophet, but a false one. After an incident in which he ordered construction of Caproni bombers without authorization, he was exiled to the infantry.

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The three-dimensional vastness of the sky and the speed with which aircraft moved through it precluded effective anti-aircraft gunnery. In other projects Wikimedia Commons.

The Douhet model rests on the belief that in a conflict, the infliction of high costs from aerial bombing can shatter civilian morale. Aircraft could fly over surface forces, relegating them to secondary importance. BooksMilitary Classics. dounet

The probable aspects of the war of the future — Book three. 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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However, subsequent conflicts would largely discredit Douhet’s theory. Additionally, the numbers of guns needed to cover every potential target made this form of defence enormously expensive. Some of what he wrote today seems almost timeless, ‘principles’ perhaps of the employment of te in war. Collection libraryofthemarinecorps ; fedlink ; americana.

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When World War I began, Douhet began to call for Italy to launch a massive military build-up — particularly in aircraft. The logic of this model is that exposing large portions of civilian populations to the terror of destruction or the shortage of consumer goods would damage civilian morale into submission.

Douhet died in in RomeItaly.

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