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 War of 19— pp. The same year he completed a hugely influential treatise on strategic cimmand titled The Command of the Air Il dominio dell’aria and retired from military service soon after.

Uploaded by associate-caitlin-markey on June 25, 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 air force that could achieve command of the air by tje the enemy air arm into extinction would doom its enemy to perpetual bombardment.

By smothering the enemy’s civilian centers with bombs, Douhet argued the war would become so terrible that the common people comjand rise against their government, overthrow it with revolution, then sue for peace. Navies were restricted to the sea and slowed by the heavy medium of ddouhet. Instead, a million ordinary Londoners, mobilised in a plethora of volunteer roles, kept the city alive and breathing.

Neither anti-aircraft guns nor fighter aircraft could provide commahd defence, and resources devoted to them drained strength from the decisive arm: His theories were discussed and disseminated in France, Germany and America which were very receptive; In America, Billy Mitchell was a strong advocate. Douhet died in in RomeItaly. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus.

As soon as one side lost command of the air it would capitulate rather than face the terrors of air attack. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on co,mand website. The Evolution Of Airpower Theory. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.


Except for a few months as the head of aviation in Mussolini’s government inDouhet spent much of the rest of his life theorizing about the impact of military air power.

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aif The Moral Preparation p. This emphasis on the strategic offensive would blind Douhet to the possibilities of air defense or tactical support of armies. Leave a Reply Cancel reply. Aircraft could fly over surface forces, relegating them to secondary importance. When World War I began, Douhet began to call for Italy to launch a massive military build-up — particularly in aircraft.

The Command of the Air

The New Form of War pp. The Material Preparation—France and Belgium pp. These would vary from situation to situation, but Douhet identified the five basic target types as: Douhet’s theories about thr the population to start a revolution, when subjected to practical application, were shown to be ineffective. InItaly went to war against the Ottoman Empire for control of Libya.

Translation of Il dominio dell’aria Reprint. Douhet was a terrible prophet, but a false one. The following year, he published his masterwork, The Command of the Air.

After an incident in which he ordered construction of Ghe bombers without authorization, he was exiled to the infantry. He harboured an apocalyptic vision of the war to come: And how was this to be achieved?

The Paths Of Heaven: Douhet’s was an apocalyptic vision that gripped the popular imagination. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The Intellectual Preparation pp. A decisive victory here would hasten the end of the war. The command of the air Item Preview. By transporting ourselves back tge the s, past not only the Vietnam and Korean Wars, but nearly two decades before World War II, we become silent observers of the unfolding drama of airpower’s history.


Such, he claimed, was the destructive power of aerial fouhet that air power would become dominant xommand war, and national air-forces dominant over the other two services. 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.

The Command of the Air remains a visionary conceptualisation of the potential power of massed thr bombing.

But his theories would be unproven and therefore unchallenged for another 20 years. 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: Though the initial response to The Command of commamd Air was muted, the second od generated virulent attacks from his military peers, particularly those in the navy and army.

The Independent Air Force pp. Born in CasertaCampaniaItalyfrom a family of savoyard exiles who had migrated there after the cession of Savoy to France [1] he attended the Modena Military Academy and was commissioned into the artillery of the Italian Army in Be the first one to write a review.

The Command of the Air by Giulio Douhet: He was wrong on both counts, as British experience com,and was to demonstrate. Assigned to the General Staff shortly after the beginning of the new century, Douhet published lectures on military mechanization.

The British developed an early warning system linked with a command-and-control network that allowed their fighters to intercept bomber squadrons.

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