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
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275949974

ISBN-13: 9780275949976

Pub. Date: 01/24/1995

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated

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

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

Acknowledgments

Preface

Introduction

Strategic Bombing as an Idea: The Relationship of Theory and Strategy

The Role of Theory

Early Experience with "Strategic" Air Power

The Foundations of Independent Air Power

The Theory of the Strategic Offensive and the Battles in Whitehall

The Development of Doctrine in the RAF

Equipment Policy and Aircraft Development

Equipping the Bomber Aircraft

Formulating and Testing Strategic Doctrine

Doctrinal Considerations and Tactical Problems

The Planning Process and Operations

Conclusion

Appendix

Bibliography

Index

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