A History of Air Warfare

A History of Air Warfare

by John Andreas Olsen
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A History of Air Warfare

***Selected for the 2010 Chief of the United States Air Force's Reading List***This one-volume anthology provides a comprehensive analysis of the role that air power has played in military conflicts over the past century. Comprising sixteen essays penned by a global cadre of leading military experts, A History of Air Warfare chronologically examines the utility of air power from the First World War to the second Lebanon war, campaign by campaign. Each essay lays out the objectives, events, and key players of the conflict in question, reviews the role of air power in the strategic and operational contexts, and explores the interplay between the political framework and military operations proper. The concluding section offers wider perspectives by focusing on air and space power in both unconventional and conventional warfare from 1913 to the present. More than a simple homage to air power, A History of Air Warfare exposes air power’s strengths and weaknesses and, where relevant, illuminates the challenges of joint operations and coalition warfare. Because of its critical approach, even treatment, and historical background, the book will appeal to modern warfare scholars, air power specialists, and general readers interested in military history alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781597974400
Publisher: Potomac Books
Publication date: 01/31/2010
Pages: 522
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

List of Abbreviations ix

Introduction xiii

Part I 1914-1945 1

1 The First World War, 1914-1919 John H. Morrow 3

2 The Air War in Europe, 1939-1945 Richard Overy 27

3 The Air War in the Pacific, 1941-1945 Richard R. Muller 53

Part II 1945-1990 81

4 The Air War in Korea, 1950-1953 Alan Stephens 85

5 Operations over North Vietnam, 1965-1973 Wayne Thompson 107

6 Air Superiority in the Israel-Arab Wars, 1967-1982 Shmuel L. Gordon 127

7 Air Power and the Falklands, 1982 Lawrence Freedman 157

Part III 1990-2000 175

8 Operation Desert Storm, 1991 John Andreas Olsen 177

9 Operation Deliberate Force, 1995 Robert C. Owen 201

10 Operation Allied Force, 1999 Tony Mason 225

Part IV 2000-2006 253

11 Operation Enduring Freedom, 2001 Benjamin S. Lambeth 255

12 Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2003 Williamson Murray 279

13 The Second Lebanon War, 2006 Itai Brun 297

Part V Perspectives 325

14 Air Power in Small Wars: 1913 to the Present James S. Corum 327

15 The Rise and Fall of Air Power Martin van Creveld 351

16 Air and Space Power: Climbing and Accelerating Richard P. Hallion 371

Notes 395

Selected Bibliography 441

Index 453

Biographical Notes 481

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