The Command of the Air is the greatest military treatise on air war ever written – a dogmatic manifesto promising victory through strategic. 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 . Reprinted in by the Office of Air Force History. Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data. Douhet, Giulio, The command of the air.

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The Douhet model rests on the belief that in a conflict, the infliction of high costs from aerial bombing can shatter civilian morale.

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The air force that could achieve command of the air by bombing the enemy air arm into extinction would doom its enemy to perpetual bombardment. You can make it easier for us to review and, hopefully, publish your contribution by keeping a few points in mind. The New Form of War pp. Any text you add should be original, not copied from other sources. He was an army officer, reaching the rank of general, but trench-war stalemate had turned his mind to alternatives.

The Paths Of Heaven: There was a problem with your submission. His severe criticism of the conduct of the war resulted in his court-martial, imprisonment, and retirement.

The entire population was in the front line of an air war and they fiulio be terrorized with urban bombing. The Command of the Air remains a visionary conceptualisation of the potential power of massed strategic bombing. 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.


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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. The Intellectual Commnad pp. Posted by Military History Monthly.

The Moral Preparation p. He proposed an independent air force composed primarily of long-range load-carrying bombers. Germany’s Plan of Operation pp. BooksMilitary Classics. What defence was possible against the destruction of cities by aerial bombing?

He was a key proponent of strategic bombing in aerial warfare. Fighters had the problem of getting aloft coommand finding their enemy before damage could be done. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Then, indeed, the bomber got through. After an incident in which he ordered construction of Caproni bombers without authorization, he was exiled to the infantry.

Giulio Douhet – Wikipedia

Heavy losses forced the Germans to switch to night bombing. Douhet was a terrible prophet, but a false one. Thank You for Your Contribution! Navies were restricted to the sea and slowed by giupio heavy medium of water. Our editors will review what you’ve submitted, and if it meets our criteria, we’ll add it to the article.

A supporter of Mussolini, Douhet was appointed commissioner of aviation when the Fascists assumed power but he soon gave up this bureaucrat’s job to continue writing, which he did up to his death from a heart attack in If you prefer to suggest your own commabd of the giulip, you can go to edit mode requires login. His whole conception of air war rests on the assumption that the bomber will always get through, and that the damage it can then do will crush the resistance.


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Giulio Douhet

Strategy, in warfare, the science or art of employing all the military, economic, political, and other resources of a country to achieve the objects of war. He further advocated the creation of an sir air forcethe reduction of land and sea forces, and the unification of the armed forces.

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 The chief strategy laid out in his writings, the Douhet model, is pivotal in debates regarding the use of air power and bombing campaigns.

Please try again later. He soon grasped the potential of air power and at every opportunity expounded his theories. The following year, he published his masterwork, The Command tthe the Air.

However, subsequent conflicts would largely discredit Douhet’s theory.