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 by means of a world cadre of best army specialists, A historical past of Air struggle chronologically examines the software of air energy from the 1st international battle to the second one Lebanon warfare, crusade by way of crusade. every one essay lays out the targets, occasions, and key gamers of the clash in query, studies 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 by way of concentrating on air and house energy in either unconventional and standard battle 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 war. due to its serious strategy, even therapy, and ancient historical past, the booklet will entice glossy struggle students, air energy experts, and normal readers attracted to army background alike.
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Without some knowledge of the broader background to military operations, the student may reach the wrong conclusions; in this way, history can lend itself to abuse and become useless or even counterproductive. Professor Howard concluded, Pursued in this manner, in width, in depth and in context, the study of military history should not only enable the civilian to understand the nature of war and its part in shaping society, but also directly improve the officer’s competence in his profession. ”3 In essence, there is always room for new, and even conflicting, interpretations of events and the connections among them.
In 1916, Italy had the most operational multiengine bombers, as the Caproni factory delivered 136 trimotored bombers powered by increasingly powerful Fiat engines during the year. Raids of up to fifty-eight bombers struck Austro-Hungarian railway stations and even the city of Trieste. While strategic bomber aviation formed the centerpiece of the Italian aerial effort, its staunchest advocate, Giulio Douhet, left a memorandum criticizing the Italian war effort on a train and found himself duly sentenced to one year in prison in October.
Accepting the possibility of alternative explanations is especially important in military studies, where lives ultimately may be at stake if decisions are based on misinterpretations of history. Students must accept that insight comes from listening to new arguments, challenging accepted truths, questioning their own convictions, and uncovering bias. One of the main lessons of the modern era is just how complex warfare has become: how many uncertainties are involved, and how many potential lessons can be drawn from a given conflict.
A History of Air Warfare by John Andreas Olsen