Why Air Forces Fail: The Anatomy of Defeat / Edition 1

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Why Air Forces Fail examines the complex, often deep-seated reasons for the catastrophic failures of the air forces of various nations. Higham and Harris divide the air forces into three categories of defeat: forces that never had a chance to win, such as Poland and France; forces that started out victorious but were ultimately defeated, such as Germany and Japan; and finally, those that were defeated in their early efforts yet rose to victory, such as air forces of Britain and the United States.
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""The book contains many interesting insights and interpretations. Why Air Forces Fail is an excellent introduction to the study of military failure in general and air forces in particular."" -- Francis M. Coan, Journal of America's Military Past

""One of the more interesting and better books on military aviation to appear in the last few years."" -- The Journal of Military History

""I recommend this book to those who are interested in air forces and air power, whether amateur or professional, past, present and future."" -- Richard Cobbold, Bryanston: The Yearbook

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813123745
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 963,216
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Poland's military aviation, September 1939 : it never had a chance 13
2 L'Armee de l'Air, 1933-1940 : drifting towards defeat 41
3 The Arab air forces 71
4 Defeat of the German and Austro-Hungarian air forces in the Great War, 1909-1918 99
5 Downfall of the Regia Aeronautica, 1933-1943 135
6 The imperial Japanese air forces 177
7 Defeat of the Luftwaffe, 1935-1945 203
8 The Argentine Air Force versus Britain in the Falkland Islands, 1982 227
9 From disaster to recovery : Russia's air forces in the two world wars 261
10 The United States in the Pacific 287
11 Defeats of the Royal Air Force : Norway, France, Greece, and Malaya, 1940-1942 315
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