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

The entire population was in the front line of an air war and they could be terrorized with urban bombing. The last category was particularly important to Douhet, who believed in the principle of total war. He harboured an apocalyptic vision of the war to come: The war of Douhe the defence has proved more innovative and resilient than Douhet envisaged, comkand threat is real enough, and millions have indeed perished since in the holocausts of aerial destruction predicted in The Command of the Air.

Assigned to the General Staff shortly after the beginning of the new century, Douhet published lectures on military mechanization.

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. Douhet saw the pitfalls of allowing air power to be fettered by ground commanders and began to advocate the creation of a separate air arm commanded by airmen.

His theories were discussed and disseminated in France, Germany and America which were very receptive; In America, Billy Mitchell was a strong advocate. This article needs additional citations for verification. Retrieved from ” https: In his second edition of The Command of the Air he maintained such aviation was “useless, superfluous and commqnd.


BooksMilitary Classics. The Moral Preparation p. May Learn how and when to remove this template message. The Evolution Of Airpower Theory. During that war aircraft operated for the first time in reconnaissance, transport, artillery spotting ckmmand even limited bombing roles.

The Allies’ Plan of Operation pp. Worldcat source edition Coward-McCann, Includes bibliographical references Book one. The logic of this model is that exposing large portions of civilian populations to the terror of destruction or the shortage of consumer douhhet would damage civilian morale into submission.

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 heavy bombers involved in the Combined Bomber Offensive did not win the war alone, as Harris had argued they would. The following year, he published his ot, The Command of the Air. Douhrt a Reply Cancel reply. Instead, a million ordinary Londoners, mobilised in a plethora of volunteer roles, kept the city alive and breathing.

When World War I began, Douhet began to call for Italy to launch a massive military build-up — particularly in aircraft. Operations of June 17 pp.

The Command of the Air

Kohn, Book Published by: The Command of the Air. Airpower theories, a key proponent of strategic bombing.

The Material Preparation—France and Belgium pp. 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. Views Read Edit View history. Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet. Douhet believed in the morale effects of bombing.


Giulio Douhet was a prophet. See also WorldCat this item.

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. InItaly went to war against the Ottoman Empire for control of Libya. Douhet’s theories about forcing the population to start a revolution, when subjected to practical application, were shown to be ineffective. Then, indeed, the bomber got through. Attacks would not require great accuracy. The three-dimensional vastness of the sky and the speed with which aircraft moved through it precluded effective anti-aircraft gunnery.

First would come explosions, then fires, then deadly gases floating on the surface and preventing any approach to the stricken area.

Giulio Douhet – Wikipedia

Possible copyright status The Library is unaware of any copyright restrictions for this item. This would unravel the social basis of resistance, and pressure citizens into asking their governments to surrender. He teamed up with the young aircraft engineer Gianni Caproni to extol the virtues of air power in the years ahead.

He proposed an independent air force composed primarily of long-range load-carrying bombers. 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. Some of what he wrote today seems almost timeless, ‘principles’ perhaps of the employment of aircraft in war.