The Development of RAF Strategic Bombing Doctrine, 1919-1939 / Edition 1

The Development of RAF Strategic Bombing Doctrine, 1919-1939 / Edition 1

by Scot Robertson
     
 

The history of strategic bombing is inextricably intertwined with the history of the Royal Air Force. This book explores the question of doctrinal development in the RAF. It employs a neo-Clausewitzian analysis to reveal that the RAF based the preparation of its strategic bombing force on supposition and hypothesis. Rather than review the evidence of the First

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Overview

The history of strategic bombing is inextricably intertwined with the history of the Royal Air Force. This book explores the question of doctrinal development in the RAF. It employs a neo-Clausewitzian analysis to reveal that the RAF based the preparation of its strategic bombing force on supposition and hypothesis. Rather than review the evidence of the First World War objectively to determine the fundamental principles of strategic bombing, the RAF adopted a subjective approach. The failure to develop a realistic theory of strategic bombing and to test it through a dialectical process resulted in a lack of attention to the equally necessary element of doctrine. Bomber Command was incapable of carrying out a strategic bombing campaign because it failed in peace to develop the necessary doctrine.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275949976
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/24/1995
Series:
Praeger Studies in Diplomacy and Strategic Thought Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.39(w) x 9.58(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Figure and Tables
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. IStrategic Bombing as an Idea: The Relationship of Theory and Strategy1
1The Role of Theory3
2Early Experience with "Strategic" Air Power15
3The Foundations of Independent Air Power29
4The Theory of the Strategic Offensive and the Battles in Whitehall41
Pt. IIThe Development of Doctrine in the RAF57
5Equipment Policy and Aircraft Development59
6Equipping the Bomber Aircraft77
7Formulating and Testing Strategic Doctrine91
8Doctrinal Considerations and Tactical Problems111
9The Planning Process and Operations135
Conclusion157
Appendix167
Bibliography175
Index185

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